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Doctoral Position in Aerospace Engineering

Delft University has an opening PhD position in civil engineering. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before March 06, 2015.

The PhD will investigate the aerodynamics of ducted wind turbines, based upon the Donqi concept and will explore possible ways of further power augmentation by using (asymmetric) vortex generators, multi-element airfoils and their combination in multi-element ducts. She/he will perform aerodynamic research on favourable combinations to enhance the performance of ducted wind turbines without compromising structural integrity or manufacturing and installation cost-efficiency.

The PhD research will be performed in collaboration with an industrial consortium, and hence academic research will be combined effectively with experiments in controlled and real conditions, allowing validation of concepts under real outdoor conditions. In the course of the project, three sets of experimental turbines will be built, used for experiments in the OJF wind tunnel of the Faculty of Aerospace engineering, tested outdoors and subsequently installed in an outdoor infrastructural test environment.

The PhD will work closely together with the other aerodynamics PhDs in the Wind Energy Research group as well as with his/her colleague PhD at the Process and Energy group of the Faculty of Materials, Mechanical, and Maritime Engineering. This fellow PhD focuses on the integration of ducted wind turbines with infrastructural elements.

Benefits
Are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Application Requirements
We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:
- An MSc degree in (wind energy) aerodynamics or aeronautical engineering.
- Experience with aerodynamics of rotating machinery, preferably wind turbine rotors.
- Familiarity with fluid mechanics and fluid mechanics software.
- Proven ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Keen interest in wind energy.
- Fluency in English, both spoken and written.
- Training in using modelling software packages.

How to apply?
- For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Gerard J.W. van Bussel, phone: +31 (0) 15-2785170, e-mail: G.J.W.vanBussel@tudelft.nl.
- To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 6 March 2015 to S.M. Willems, e-mail: S.M.Willems@tudelft.nl.
- When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number LR15-03.

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