Blue Flower

Wind field forecasting for wind farm operation

by remote sensing



The impact of uncertain forecasts of wind speed and direction on the power variation of large offshore wind farms will be investigated. Even relatively small variations in the wind direction may lead to strong power fluctuations at downstream turbines if these are operating in multiple wake conditions. The candidate shall develop strategies to improve the grid stability of wind farms by means of very-short term (up to 30 minutes) wind forecasts. Based on experimental LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) inflow measurement data from several offshore wind farms, the following objectives will be pursued:


Analysis of the different datasets from remote sensing, meteorological instruments and the wind farm.

Correlation of these datasets in order to increase the accuracy of short-term power predictions by means of statistical methods.

Systematic analysis of the accuracy of the LiDAR system over long distances.

Development of a methodology for the very-short term forecast for power prediction.

Job Description


As a successful candidate you will:


Work in the Research Group Wind Energy Systems at the University of Oldenburg for three years (36 months), aiming at obtaining a PhD degree.

Attend conferences, summer schools, and other network training events related to your research, including secondments to the Technical University of Denmark and

DONG Energy.

Be coached by a personal supervision team consisting of three advisors.

Receive a full salary including an additional mobility allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in EU Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN).

Candidate's Profile


The applicant shall have a master's degree or equivalent qualification in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Meteorology or Physics, as well as competent knowledge in the areas of measurement technology, data analysis, statistics and fluid dynamics. A background in wind energy is desired. Further requirements are the aptitude, willingness and eligibility for pursuing a PhD, as well as fluently spoken and written English.


The eligibility criteria of ESR positions have to be fulfilled, which are amongst others:


Be, at the date of recruitment, an 'early stage researcher': in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree.

Not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment date and not have carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany. Short stays, such as holidays, are not included.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science: therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualification. The recruitment procedure will implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the "European Charter for Researchers" and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers".




Please send your preferably electronic application, referenced #ME25, including


a presentation letter with declaration of research interests,

a curriculum vitae,

copies of your complete university academic transcripts and degree certificates,

contact details of two previous employers or supervisors for references

if available, an electronic copy of the final thesis of your studies and

if available, scanned copies of standardized test results (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) until 22nd of March 2015 to the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Institute of Physics, Research Group Wind Energy Systems, Prof. Dr. M. Kühn, Ammerländer Heerstr. 136, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany, Phone +49 441 798 5061, Email Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.,