Job offer available in Scotland Research Associate – Wind Turbine Life Extension (73829) at University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde – Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Term: Fixed Term (until 30/04/2018)
FTE: 1
Closing date: Friday 23 June 2017

Applications are sought from highly motivated individuals to join our internationally leading wind energy research group based in the department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. The role focuses on asset life extension for wind turbines, and requires that the successful candidate has an excellent range of technical skills: the understanding and modelling of loads and fatigue of wind turbine structures (knowledge of ANSYS or a similar FEA package would be an advantage); the skills to manage and maintain an active wind turbine measurement campaign (based on accellerometers); the intellectual curiosity to determine the relationship of loads and fatigue to measures of wind conditions and turbine operating state as measured by SCADA data (through analysis of loads signals from measurement campaign and support load calculation techniques).

A track record of delivery of industrial R&D would be a distinct advantage in this role. In addition to technical aspects of this role, the post holder will be expected to produce technical reports for project partners, take the technical lead at partner meetings, and publish conference and journal papers on the findings of the research.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in load modelling of wind turbine structures (or relevant transferrable skills) and a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

For informal enquiries please contact Mr Neil Brown, Programme Manager – TIC LCPE at or 0141 444 7252.

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