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PhD position in nonlinear control of wind turbines

Do you want to join SDU Mechatronics in the innovative endeavor for a greener future? We are looking for a full-time PhD fellow to explore the potential of using nonlinear control theory for wind turbines as of March 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. 


SDU Mechatronics is part of the Mads Clausen Institute located at SDU’s campus in Sønderborg in the inspiring building of Alsion, also hosting a science park, a world-class concert hall, and South Jutland Symphony Orchestra. Thus, the university has close bonds with both the industrial and cultural environment of Sønderborg.


SDU Mechatronics brings together experts from different scientific fields, such as electrical and mechanical engineering, signal processing and control; towards research, education and innovation in the field of mechatronics.


The position:


The successful candidate will be working with nonlinear control of wind turbines in the Mechatronics Section at SDU Sønderborg. Commercial wind turbines are currently operating with traditional PID controllers, and the research with modern theories focuses mainly on combining optimal controllers in a quasi-linear scheme across the operational range. The objectives of this PhD project are to develop a single nonlinear controller that ensures dynamic stability across the entire operational range, and to demonstrate its performance and robustness in simulations and experiments. The main supervisor will be Professor Morten Hartvig Hansen who has worked with wind turbine modelling, analysis, and design for many years.


Requirements and qualifications: 


- MSc degree in engineering.

- Experience of mechatronic systems and control systems.

- Good communication skills in English.

- Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in a team of researchers from different disciplines.


For further information, please contact Professor Morten Hartvig Hansen, tel. +45 6550 1620, e-mail:


Conditions of employment


Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the 3-year period. Further information about salary and conditions of employment.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An employed PhD fellow cannot have other paid work during the employment.

Requirements for the position

To be considered for the position it is required that the applicant meets the requirements for enrollment in the PhD school.

An assessment committee will assess all applications. Each applicant will receive his/her own assessment. An interview might be part of the assessment process.




Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.


The applications must include:


  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed application form
  • Application stating reasons for applying. Please attach your application to “application material” under “Research Plan”
  • Diplomas
  • Calculation of grade point average in this form

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

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