Postdoctoral Fellow in Structural Design and Optimization of a Novel Wind Turbine Concept

Trondheim, Norway
Oct 01, 2020
End of advertisement period
Nov 22, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 2-year research position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on Structural design and optimization of a novel wind turbine concept.

This position will be part of the international EU Horizon 2020 project XROTOR: X-shaped radical offshore wind turbine for overall cost of energy reduction, a 3-year project coordinated by the University of Strathclyde with a budget of nearly 4 mEUR. The aim of the project is to develop a highly innovative hybrid between a horizontal-axis (primary rotor) and vertical-axis (secondary rotor) wind turbine, to determine its performance and levelized cost of energy, and to ratify the concept work with a OEM (wind turbine manufacturer).

NTNU is responsible for WP4 on the design of the mechanical structure and analysis of the XROTOR concept. As part of the design team in WP4 you will contribute with your experience and original research to improve the design assumptions and the optimization methodology, to develop a close to optimal structural design, and to assure the overall quality of the contributions from NTNU. This includes co-supervising and collaborating with a PhD candidate working on the same project at NTNU, and coordinating with the international project partners. 

The starting date of the position should preferably be between 01.02.2021 to 01.08.2021.

You will report directly to the project manager at NTNU.

Duties of the position

  • To perform original research on structural design optimization of wind turbines
  • To publish scientific results in international peer-reviewed journals
  • To help implement relevant load models and a suitable optimization methodology
  • To help determine a relevant design basis and an optimal structural design for the novel XROTOR concept
  • To supervise the activities of a PhD candidate in defining an optimal structural design
  • To ensure high quality project contributions from NTNU according to the state of the art and international guidelines 
  • To meet and coordinate with international project partners
  • To contribute to documentation, project reports and deliverables

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in for example structural engineering, wind energy engineering, offshore engineering, aerodynamic engineering or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

  • A professional and scientific mindset is required
  • Experience with structural design and finite element analysis is required
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills are required

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge of (wind turbine) aerodynamic load models
  • Knowledge of (structural, design or numerical) optimization
  • Knowledge of relevant design standards
  • Work experience in relevant industry 
  • Interest in wind energy
  • Experience with one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, or similar)
  • Experience with statistical modeling and/or structural reliability

Personal characteristics

  • You should be enthusiastic and highly motivated
  • You should have the ability to work independently, but also with other researchers in a team
  • You need to take responsibility for your own work
  • You must be able to work with fixed deadlines

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Motivation letter
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and address of two referee

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Michael Muskulus, telephone +47-735-93113, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hege Johansen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-208/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.11.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 22nd November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 193889