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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Wave Loading on Offshore Wind Turbines


Standard Grade 7: £34,308 - £42,155 per annum

Closing date

Mar 31, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time PDRA to join Environmental Fluid Mechanics group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is funded by EPSRC and has a fixed-term contract until 30th September 2024.


The project aims to improve the modeling of the non-linear physics included in wave  loading on fixed offshore wind turbines. Existing wave loading models do not include the key features of the non-linear physics which often leads to additional loading at the resonant frequency of the structure. The project has built on past experiments, new experiments in the Kelvin Hydrodynamics laboratory in Strathclyde, and numerical modelling works carried out in Bath. The focus of this role is to analyse the numerical and experimental data and develop an open source tool for wave loading.


You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil or be near completion* together with relevant experience and possess knowledge of ocean wave machanics and loading on offshore structures. Experience of design and analysis of offshore wind turbines or similar structures together with the ability to manage research and activities is essential. Further etails are given in the further particulars.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Thomas Adcock whose contact details can be found by search 


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Only online applications received before midday on 31st March 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, describing how your record fits the criteria for the role, a CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Keywords: Marine Energy, Offshore Wind, Wave Hydrodynamics, OpenFast, Metocean.


Contact name

Professor Tom Adcock

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