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Post-doc: Uncertainty Reduction in Offshore Wind Farm Operation & Maintenance

Identify and reducing uncertainties in the operational phase of offshore wind farms

12 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


The task is to identify and reduce uncertainties in the operational phase of offshore wind farms. Uncertainties originate from various sources, from weather forecasts to wind turbine failures or logistics of maintenance. After identification of the major uncertainties, multivariate probability distributions will be generated for both operational and maintenance/logistics parameters. Existing simulation tools are used to relate these uncertainties to the costs and cost margins of offshore wind farm O&M activities. Advanced optimisation techniques will be applied to minimise the costs and reduce the uncertainty margins. As a result, optimised maintenance approaches will be identified for existing and future offshore wind farms. The post-doctoral research is performed in the framework of the STW Perspectief programme EUROS.


The ideal candidate has a PhD degree in one of the following fields: Operations research, windfarm maintenance optimisation, logistics and supply chain optimisation, probabilistic design or maintenance modelling.
The post-doc position is offered for a period of two years.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information, please contact Prof.dr. Gerard van Bussel, phone:+31 (0)15-2785178, e-mail: g.j.w.vanbussel@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and letter of application by 15 November 2017 to Sylvia Willems, s.m.willems@tudelft.nl.
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR17-41.

Additional information

Gerard van Bussel
+31 (0)15-2785178

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Aerospace Engineering The Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) is one of four departments composing Aerospace Engineering. Fundamental research is performed in the Aerodynamics section. Aircraft design, propulsion systems, and their integration are the main topics in the FPP section. Wind energy systems, from small wind turbines to large offshore farms, are the objective of the research of Wind Energy. The department operates comprehensive laboratories, equipped with modern wind tunnels and state-of-the-art measurement systems.

The Wind Energy section facilitates the development of wind energy technology and the expansion of the use of wind power through research and education.
In its research activities there is a focus on large, multi-megawatt offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farms, although urban wind power is also addressed. Both technology development aspects as well as fundamental aspects are present in the research programme. With respect to education, dedicated courses on the BSc and the MSc levels are offered for Aerospace students, SET students, and the European Wind Master (EWEM) students.