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Hochschule Esslingen
Kanalstr. 33
73728 Esslingen

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is looking for several PhD Students for a research project in the field of wind energy. The salary is in accordance to the Public Sector Collective Agreement on Länder (E 13 TV-L, 75 %). The position connected to the BMWi funded research project WINSENT can be filled immediately and is initially limited to three years.


Area of research

The development of wind energy as renewable, climate friendly energy progresses around the globe.

More and more also hilly and mountainous as well as forested areas are developed. Due to orography and land use inhomogeneous wind flow and turbulence is induced. Therefore the search for suitable sites is a challenging task requiring innovative simulation methods for the detailed description of meso- and micro-scale flow phenomena within the atmospheric boundary layer. This is the goal of the sub-project to be elaborated and one of the key activities of the research cluster WindForS as well as part of the interdisciplinary, BMWi funded research project WINSENT. In this framework in collaboration with six renowned research institutions a wind energy test site with two wind turbines and four meteorological measuring masts is built in Southern Germany. Additionally various measuring campaigns are elaborated providing data for the model validation.


Your project

·     Development and implementation of numerical simulation models describing the fluid mechanical and thermodynamical phenomena in the atmospheric boundary layer taking orography and land use into consideration

·     You will be working on the BMWI research project WINSENT with the aim submitting a PhD thesis

·     Publications in journals and on scientific conferences


Desired skills and experience

We are looking for a candidate with enthusiasm for academic research in the field of wind energy. He/she should be able to work independently and should have a strong willingness to cooperate with other research groups in a joint project. Applicants should hold a Master degree in engineering fields or physics. He/she should have a solid background in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. CFD skills preferably with OpenFOAM or ANSYS CFX are highly appreciated. Additionally knowledge in the operating system Linux and the programming languages FORTRAN, C or C++ are desirable. Good communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English as well as good German language skills are expected.

Application Instructions

Please send your application by electronic mail and preferably in one single pdf-document using the reference GU/1703 by April 16, 2017 to

Early applications are encouraged. Applications may be processed as soon as they are received. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Prof. Hermann Knaus
0151-40 177 885