Wind Turbine Performance Enhancement Engineer - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / Natural Power
Location: Stirling
Salary: £30,000 to £34,000 + £4,000 training and development budget
Closing Date: 11th October 2020

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in partnership with Natural Power (www.natural power.com) is seeking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate focussing on the development of a wind turbine monitoring solution for novel control and extended life operations.

Natural Power is an international renewable energy consultancy with a presence in the UK, Europe, the USA and South America, who work with clients globally. Our mission is to support our clients by delivering unrivalled renewable energy expertise and services. We aim to support a low carbon economy by delivering safe, clean, reliable and competitive renewable energy. We do this by employing the best specialists who share our passion for renewable energy, and we share our knowledge with clients and partners who hold a similar vision and values to ours. As pioneers of positive renewable change, we continue to contribute to its evolution and growth, creating a better environment for the future of our planet and the generations to come.

As part of our Advisory and Analytics Directorate you will contribute significantly to our ongoing development and achieving the long term aims of the company. While the post is initially for a period of two years, it is our hope and aspiration that the appointed Associate, on completion of a successful project, would continue to carry the work forward as an employee of Natural Power.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their technical, leadership and communication skills to help Natural Power grow their business. Based in their Stirling office, you will report directly to Dr Iain Dinwoodie (head of Advanced Performance Engineering). The post is concerned with the development of modelling techniques, turbine monitoring, and controller development to assess wind turbine performance and extend the lifetime of assets. You will be employed by the University of Strathclyde but will spend most of your working time at the company’s premises in in Stirling. A key feature of the KTP position is a personal training and development allowance of £4,000 that you can use to develop skills related to the project that will help you to advance your career as a wind energy professional. You will also have the opportunity to register for a research degree (free of charge) based on the work carried out on the project.

To be considered for the role you should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar, with either a Masters degree in a related and relevant subject or significant experience within the wind industry. Applicants with a PhD in either a wind energy related topic or in dynamics and control are strongly encouraged to apply. Practical experience of programming in either an industry or research environment would be advantageous.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential along with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences. This position includes extensive training with a generous personal development budget (£4k) and the opportunity to develop both industry and research skills for your future career. You will be the project lead, managing your own workload and ensuring outputs whilst having continuous support from your academic and company supervisors.

Candidates with a broad knowledge of wind energy, especially control, turbine simulation, and loads measurement/analysis are particularly encouraged to apply. Some project management experience is desirable, and it can also be developed within the role. Experience coding (preferably, but not necessarily in MATLAB, python, and C) is essential

Above all else, it is essential that the candidate be self-motivated and keen to lead the project, being pro-active in engagement with the academic and industrial team and with any other stakeholders encountered throughout the project. The ability to make and maintain professional relationships, keep to tight time requirements for project delivery and to communicate professionally and scientifically are also essential.

The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk. There are over 200 vacancies currently available at www.ktp-uk.org/graduates or search ‘KTP jobs’.

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