Research Associate in Power Electronics for Wind Energy Systems (Two posts)

Location
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Salary
£31,866 - £40,322 pa
Posted
Nov 08, 2019
Closes
Dec 08, 2019
Ref
UOS024508
Contract Type
Full Time
The posts, funded collaboratively by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Ørsted, and the Universities of Sheffield, Durham and Hull, will be based within the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group (EMD) at the University of Sheffield. The post holders will work within the "A New Partnership in Offshore Wind" EPSRC project joining a team of leading academic and industrial partners to address key research challenges required to reduce the levelised cost of electricity from offshore wind, and lays the foundation for the next generation of wind turbines and farms at a significantly higher level of power generation. The project will involve the novel architectures and control strategies of wind energy power converters to maximise the benefits of the latest technology advancements in wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors power devices (including SiC, GaN and hybrid Si+WBG technologies) to enhance system-level efficiency and power density. The project requires a strong scientific background in both of the expertise areas including power electronics and control. In addition, it requires expertise in the design of power electronics converters and associated gate drive circuits, expertise in numerical simulation and control engineering techniques. The successful candidates must have excellent communication and interaction skills as they will be required to work flexibly across the five institutions and industries, sharing facilities, resources and expertise. The posts provide an ideal opportunity to undertake high quality research in collaboration with leading academic and industrial researchers in the field. The post holders will be expected to participate in technical meetings, and be encouraged and supported to attend international conferences and to publish research findings in learned society journals. You should have a PhD or be near completion (or equivalent experience) in power electronics and control. We're one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University's Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. To find out what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work, watch this short film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LblLk18zmo, and follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information. Apply now by clicking on the Apply button located near the top left of your screen.