Post-doctoral position in numerical investigation of slamming loads on floating offshore wind turbines (W/M)

  • Reference : FEM-SAS-2021-022
  • Position type: Fixed-term contract
  • Duration: 18 month
  • Localisation: Chatou (78) - Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Brest (29) - France Energies Marines
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Job Description

This post-doctoral position is part of the DIMPACT collaborative R&D project coordinated by France Energies Marines and dedicated to design of floating wind turbines and impacts of energetic steep and breaking waves. Within this project, you will contribute to the implementation and validation of numerical simulations that will support the development of novel engineering method to assess slamming loads in the ultimate limit state design process of floating wind turbines. The objectives are twofold and are to:

  • Generate a numerical database of breaking wave properties and effects on floating wind turbine,
  • Compare the predicted loads with the results based on semi-analytical water impact models and with experimental results from tests in wave basins carried out in parallel within the project

The numerical study of loads on floating wind turbines in energetic conditions is a challenging but feasible task (Chella et al., 2012; Corte & Grilli, 2006).  For this purpose, numerical tests looking at breaking wave impacts are planned as a means of comparison with results from laboratory experiments and field studies (Filipot et al., 2019).


You will be expected to:

  • Design and test CFD setups for studying breaking wave impacts on floating wind turbines,
  • Participate in the definition of the numerical experiments and analyse the results,
  • Disseminate the results (writing journal publications, preparation of a database and participation in international conferences).

France Energies Marines and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech are looking for a highly motivated candidate eager to develop new numerical approaches and to interact with the other members of the consortium.  The candidate will have the opportunity to work with the computing clusters of EDF R&D that are on the TOP500 list of largest supercomputers in the world, notably Gaia.

Required Skills

Initial training and Work experience

  • PhD in mechanical or marine engineering, applied physics, or equivalent
  • MSc or MEng in a relevant field WITH appropriate experience

Specific knowledge


  • Hydrodynamics, free surface flows and water wave mechanics
  • Programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, Fortran, C++, etc.) for problem setup and data analysis


  • Navier-Stokes models (CFD, such as Code_Saturne, OpenFOAM, Star-CCM+, Fluent, etc.) for two-phase flows

Professional Qualities

  • Ability to write quality scientific reports and publications
  • Good English communication skills
  • Scientific rigor



Job : Post-doctoral position in numerical investigation of slamming loads on floating offshore wind turbines (W/M)

Reference : FEM-SAS-2021-022

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