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Reannouncement - Postdoc in wind turbine mechatronics and control

Do you want to join SDU Mechatronics in the innovative endeavor for a greener future? We are looking for a full-time postdoc to expand and implement our knowledge of wind turbine mechatronics and control as of 1 February 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. Professor Morten Hartvig Hansen has recently joined the section with his long-term experience in aero-servo-elasticity and control of wind turbines.


The position:

The successful candidate will be working with wind turbine aero-servo-elasticity and control in the Mechatronics Section at SDU Sønderborg, mainly within the Interreg 5a project CarpeDIEM. The overall objective of this project is to reduce weather-dependent energy flow over transformer substations by implementation of virtual microgrids into the utility grid. A virtual microgrid is operated by a distributed energy management system, which will be developed as part of the project. Small household wind turbines on these microgrids could be used as a stabilizing energy source that can alleviate fluctuations from other sources (e.g. solar energy) and the varying power demand on the grid. 


Your objectives will be to develop and implement the curtailment technology for small household turbines in the decentralized energy management framework, and to analyse how the new operational conditions affect the lifetime of the turbine in terms of dynamic loads and power performance.


Requirements and qualifications: 

- PhD 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 with researchers from different disciplines.


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


Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

Employment as postdoc is temporary. 


If special circumstances exist employment may be extended for one year.


Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. 


The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant may be called for interview.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.


Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.


Read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc, PhD) - Danish or English transcripts
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file

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

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

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