PhD Position in Wind Power Technology

Uppsala University Department of Electrical Engineering

PhD Position in Wind Power Technology with a Focus on Vertical Wind Turbines

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Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

The position will be at the division for electricity at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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Project description

The research in wind turbine technology is focused on the vertical axis wind turbine. This is an alternative type of wind turbine, where the rotor has a vertical axis of rotation. This has the advantage that one can place the generator and other heavy components on ground level, which gives easier installation and operation and maintenance. The low center of gravity is also very interesting for floating wind turbines, due to the increased stability of the floating platform. The department has built multiple experimental turbines of this type.

One of the department's experimental units is a 200 kW wind turbine, which was previously located near Falkenberg, but which will now be upgraded and moved closer to Uppsala. This project will focus on this wind turbine. In the project, this power plant will once again be installed for operation and experimental measurements will then be carried out at the power plant. The research will be centered on the installation and operation of this vertical axis plant.

We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors.


  • You will be responsible for the 200 kW wind turbine being installed at its new location.
  • You will plan and conduct experimental measurements at the installed power plant.
  • The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties. No more than 20%.


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in engineering physics, fluid mechanics, energy systems, scientific computing or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in Swedish and English.
  • We will put an emphasise in your personal qualities such as complete practical projects and have a good collaborations and communication skills with other researchers. You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Additional qualifications

Experience in project management, construction of parts for or establishment of technical installations is beneficial. Work experience from industry in a similar area is advantageous.


Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Hans Bernhoff,

Please submit your application by 30 November 2021, UFV-PA 2021/3956.

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Placement: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/3956

Last application date: 2021-11-30

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