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Fully EU-funded PhD programme FLOAWER (ITN): apply now!

The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) is firstly dedicated to train researchers in multi engineering required fields for a better development of Floating Offshore Wind technologies under the constraint of Levelized Cost Of Energy minimization.


About the project

About the funding

Eligibility criteria and application process

Thesis topics


About the project

While high TRLs are currently achieved due to a very conservative approach for most of the technological issues, the market will be definitely viable if the LCOE significantly decreases within the next years: according to the Floating Wind task force of WindEurope, a reduction factor of 4 by 2030 is required. LCOE reduction needs the development of a multidisciplinary approach, where all sub-system designs are jointly optimised.

Being trained in fully appropriate scientific, technical, and soft skills, the ESRs will be the leaders of change in the offshore wind energy sector, which urgently needs highly qualified experts in the field to tackle the forthcoming challenges to reduce LCOE.


The FLOAWER network is designed to fulfil the following main objectives:

  • Deliver leading-edge training to ESR by addressing the state-of-the-art scientific and transversal needs of the FOW sector;
  • Enable ESR to benefit from regular mobility across EU’s most prominent industry and academia actors of the FOW sector;
  • Confront the ESR to the current and upcoming engineering challenges faced by the FOW industry;
  • Create a multidisciplinary environment where industries and academia share ideas and work together towards solution accelerating the commercialisation of the FOW sector;
  • Support the European offshore wind energy industries to identify technological improvements by providing high performance characterization and modelling tools that can enhance their competitiveness.

About the funding

  • Full-time employment
  • The package includes: a living allowance (3.270€, adjusted by a correction coefficient based on the country in which the candidate will be recruited), a mobility allowance (600€), a family allowance (if applicable – 500€)
  • Training and outreach activities, within an excellent academic and industrial environment
  • Secondments in partner institutions (academia or industry) across Europe are possible.

Eligibility criteria and application process


Candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Application possible no later than 4 years after the completion of a Master’s degree (or any degree entitling to embark on a doctorate)
  • Mobility rule: the candidate can’t have spent (lived and/or carried out the research activity) more than 12 months in the past 3 years in the country in which the candidate will be recruited
  • Proficiency in English

Application process

Candidates can apply electronically to several PhD positions within a scientific Work Package, indicating their order of preference. Requested application details include a detailed CV, as well as Bachelor and Master degree transcripts.

The deadline for the on-line registration is December 31, 2019. The selected candidates are evaluated and interviewed by the Recruitment and Skill Progress Committee. FLOAWER is strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities and gender balance as part of the recruitment strategy. The expected starting date is between April 2020 and October 2020.


Thesis topics









Offshore wind resource at deep sea applying satellite data and numerical modelling at Technical University



Ability of vertical axis Wind Turbines to be a competitive alternative to horizontal axis Wind Turbines for floating offshore applications at CNRS-LEGI

Hydrodynamic analysis and numerical modelling of heave-plates dedicated to the design of floating Wind Turbines at ECE Nantes

Wind resource assessment in deep waters through space-distributed measurement systems at ECE Nantes



Dynamics and interaction of floating turbines at University Oldenburg

Multi-Used design components for different kind of floating sub-structures at University Rostock

Assessing the measurements of offshore wind conditions using LiDAR on floating platforms for resource assessment and power curve verification at University Stuttgart



Advanced physical Modelling Methods for Floating Wind Turbines at University Cork



Integrated design and LCOE minimization of horizontal and vertical axis Wind Turbines at Politecnico di Milano

Horizontal and vertical axis WT aerodynamic modeling and testing at Politecnico di Milano



Advanced design and optimized cost of mooring systems at Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim

High-fidelity determination of wave load and load effects for floating Wind Turbine hulls subjected to severe wave conditions at Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim



System design to minimize the LCOE of the Floating Offshore Wind at Wavec Offshore Renewables




Project website

Project coordinator : ECE Nantes - Mrs Sandrine AUBRUN