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Early-Stage-Researcher in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN project FLOAWER: lidar- based wind energy resource assessment of floating wind

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    University of Stuttgart
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Stuttgart
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE) has an exciting opportunity for an:

Early-Stage-Researcher (ESR) in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN project FLOAWER

ESR2: Assessing the measurements of offshore wind conditions using LiDAR on floating platforms for resource assessment and power curve verification

During the ESR you will contribute to the advance of floating wind energy by working on different methods to assess and analyze wind conditions offshore with remote sencing devices installed on floating structures.

You will be working on:

  • General study of advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities to measure wind conditions offshore with floating structures
  • Analytical comparison of different methods to measure wind conditions with a LiDAR from different floating platforms and positions (e.g. floating LiDAR, nacelle-based, transition piece based, floater based) for wind resource assessment and power curve determination
  • Development of new and extension of existing simulation environments for LiDAR measurements on floating structures performing wind field reconstruction
  • Verification of the simulation environment with real measurement data
  • Assessment of the uncertainties of LiDAR measurements on different floating structures



FLOAWER is the EU-funded “ FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk”. Within FLOAWER interdisciplinary training will be provided to 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in different research fields related to floating wind energy. FLOAWER multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESR with scientific and technical skills to train the new generation of high-profile scientists and engineers, provide them with enhanced career perspectives and address offshore wind energy industry needs. Participating in FLOAWER gives you a unique chance to become part of an international research team. Alongside excellent opportunities for research, you’ll get to learn project management and intercultural communication skills.

You can find more information about the FLOAWER project on: http://www.floawer-h2020.eu


About the Institute

Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE) is part of the Institute of Aircraft Design and a dedicated wind energy institute since 2004. Our research focus includes wind measurement technology, energy forecasting, sound emission estimation, design and modelling of floating systems, electromechanical interactions, control and simulation of on-/offshore turbines and farms.

SWE is internationally well known for pioneering work in the area of wind lidar for wind energy applications. As a team, we are continuously looking for new ways to better understand the wind by developing new lidar hardware and models. We explore new applications, and look for opportunities to apply the results of the research to wind energy. In our projects we collaborate with a wide range of national and international partners.

What we offer

  • A pleasant working atmosphere in an internationally recognized, young, mixed and motivated team of researchers
  • A versatile and interdisciplinary job and the possibility to pursue a PhD
  • A flexible working environment to support professional and academic further developments
  • Contacts to international research institutions and companies in the field of wind energy
  • Opportunities to participate in international conferences, workshops and collaboration tasks (e.g. IEA Wind Task 32)
  • Opportunities of courses and trainings, and a wide range of sport activities at the University of Stuttgart




More Information



You will be employed on a full-time basis with a competitive salary in accordance with the MSCA rules and your personal circumstances. The amount corresponds to the amount the university receives from the Research Executive Agency for the researcher costs and includes the living and mobility allowance as well as a family allowance, if applicable. It is a gross amount and includes the employer's share of social security contributions and the employee’s share of social security contributions, including tax. The obligation to pay taxes and to contribute to social insurance (health, nursing, unemployment and pension insurance) is based on the relevant regulations.

For more info about the salary calculation, the requisites for family allowance and more details on the employment conditions, please see the founding body’s rules at:




You will benefit from joint supervision and multi-sectoral advisory committees, ensuring the successful completion of your individual Research projects.



In addition to your individual scientific project, you and the other ESRs will be collaborating with world leading research groups within the Consortium through secondments. All ESRs will benefit from extensive and varied further continuing education, completing a series of carefully designed training modules and transferable skills courses; they will participate in symposia, workshops and international conferences and will have meaningful exposure to the industrial environment through FLOAWER industrial partners.

Eligibility criteria

We are looking for a candidate with great interest in scientific research, motivation to work in international projects, the enthusiasm to push technological boundaries and explore new terrain with the support of their colleagues at SWE and in the FLOAWER project. Candidates are required to have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Meteorology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mechatronics, Computational Science or similar.

You should have:

  • Motivation to dive into challenging research questions
  • Capability to work both independently and cooperate in a team
  • Strong focus on creativity, proactivity, positive solutions, and perseverance for scientific work
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English

You would benefit from having:

  • Basic experience in the use of wind lidar and wind measurements in general
  • Basic knowledge of wind energy
  • Experience with field measurements and data analysis
  • Some knowledge of the German language

In addition, you should satisfy at the time of the recruitment the following mandatory characteristics:

  • Having not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience (i.e. working as researcher after obtaining your master’s degree)
  • Having not been awarded a PhD degree
  • Having not resided or carried out your main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. The University of Stuttgart strives to increase the number of females in science and encourages women to apply. Applicants with disability and with equal qualification will be given preference.

Additional comments


Two secondments of 3 months duration at the premises of IWES Fraunhofer (Germany) and IDEOL (France) will be included in this ESR position.


Enrolement in the PhD program

Enrolment in the PhD degree program at the University of Stuttgart has explicit requirements for the admission. These are explained in the University of Stuttgart PhD Guide.

Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Technology: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Specific Requirements

Your application in English or German should include your curriculum vitae, transcript of grades, job references, and an electronical copy of the final thesis of your studies or relevant research papers

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Stuttgart Wind Energy
Allmandring 5B

EURAXESS offer ID: 509418


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