68684: Physicist, meteorologist, engineer or similar (f/m/x) - Soiling measurements of solar collectors

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Tabernas/Almería, Spain

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts,Other


Job description:

Would you like to contribute to a successful energy transition as researcher and project leader at DLR’s Institute of Solar Research, one of the world’s leading institutions in the field of solar technology? And you are passionate about solar energy and energy transition? Then join our team!

The efficiency of solar power plants is reduced by dust deposited on the module surfaces. In the operation of solar power plants, the resulting efficiency and the costs spent on cleaning play an important role. To optimize the cleaning schedules and to be able to detect other errors, it is essential to measure the soiling losses of the solar collectors. Soiling affects different parts of the collectors and the collector field very differently. Therefore, soiling data of the whole collector field in spatial resolution of a couple of square centimeters is of high interest.

In the offered position you will obtain such data from photos taken with drone-based or anyways installed surveillance cameras. Next to this experimental task, you will have the chance to boost your programming skills and further develop soiling measurement methods for photovoltaics and concentrating power plants which have been already verified by DLR.

Your work environment will be mainly at CIEMAT’s Plataforma Solar de Almería in sunny Southern Spain.

Your tasks will be:

  • manage a third party funded project as well as a work package in a European project with international partners related to drone based soiling measurements
  • advise bachelor and master students that contribute to the projects
  • develop the measurement method, conduct and evaluate soiling experiments.
  • develop new project ideas and research proposals
  • publish your research results in project reports, scientific papers and on international conferences, thus also creating your personal research record

Next to flexible work hours (within core time) and the option to work from home several days a week while the experimental work permits it, we also offer the opportunity for advanced training possibilities by participation in DLR’s educational program. The job can also be performed on a part-time basis (min. 80%).
You will be part of a young, diverse and highly motivated team in the “Solar Energy Meteorology group” located in Almería (Spain). An experienced colleague will support you throughout the entire work.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 15164788