Description du poste

Offer description

The specific PhD research topic announced here focuses on building on an existing meso-microscale coupled model where the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model provides the boundary conditions to drive a time-dependent Reynold Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) computational fluid dynamics model. The research focuses on extending the capabilities of the coupled model to include the wake effect of future wind turbines where tip heights may approach 300 m or taller. The research will investigate the conditions that prevail in the offshore marine environment where previous work considered onshore conditions and improved approaches to capture the relevant factors that impact offshore wake behaviour, considering impacts of boundary layer height, low-level jets, gravity waves, complex land-sea interactions and how these impact high fidelity wake models.

Work Locations

You will spend the first 18 months at FEUP (University of Porto, Portugal) and the second 18 months at Natural Power (France) in Nantes. At FEUP, you will be working in the VENTOS® CFD research team, while at Natural Power you will work in the Analytics Team, continuing the work at FEUP. Still, the focus will be on evaluating, validating, and adopting new methods into the commercial modelling chain.


You will be compensated following local rules for Doctoral Researchers and the rules Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Networks – Industrial Doctorates. The period of employment is 3 years months, the first 18 months in Portugal and the second 18 months in France.

About the University of Porto / Faculty of Engineering (FEUP)

FEUP is a leading Engineering institution focused on the creation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge, technology, and culture in engineering, and has, as a major component, the preparation of youngers to pursue the engineering profession at an international level, supported by Research and Development of excellence, contemplating the strands scientific, technical, ethical and cultural. FEUP’s experience with atmospheric flows of interest to wind energy goes back to the early 1990s in field studies and computer simulation of wind flow. The team has pioneered the use of CFD in wind energy resource characterisation and site evaluation with the software suite VENTOS®, which is used in many wind energy studies worldwide.

About Natural Power

Creating a world powered by renewable energy is the motto of Natural Power, the world’s leading independent consultancy and services company. With more than 25 years of multidisciplinary expertise, we support our customers in their solar and wind power plant projects using renewable energy, thanks to more than 400 experts in 12 countries.

Modalités de candidature

Where and when to apply

At, referencing online number AptWind

How to apply:

Submitting the following information:
1. Full name.
2. Identity or citizen card number or civil identification number.
3. Tax identification number.
4. Date of birth.
5. Residential address.
6. Contact details, including email and phone number.
Submitting the following documents:
1. Copy of certificate or diploma degree.
2. Curriculum Vitae with all relevant information.
3. Letter of motivation.
4. Copies of up to 5 most relevant publications.
5. Any supporting documents relevant to determining your application eligibility or assessing your qualifications.