Smart Grid Sensors and Measurement Research Engineer (28277)

University of Strathclyde - Faculty of Engineering - Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Term:  Fixed (36 months).

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development, the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) has been established in Wardpark North near Cumbernauld. The PNDC is a world-class facility with dedicated staff that will accelerate the adoption of new, 'smart' technologies within advanced power grids, supporting the increased accommodation of renewable energy, electric vehicles and demand side management. The £12.5 million Centre - the first of its kind in Europe – has been founded by the University of Strathclyde and leading energy companies including Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. With the addition of UK Power Networks, Vodafone, S&C Electric, Omicron, and Locamation, the Centre has expanded its membership to seven industry partners and this growth is set to continue.

The PNDC provides: a purpose-built platform for showcasing state of the art electrical distribution, generation, storage and demand side innovation; a rapid technology pipeline accelerating the proving and deployment of integrated smart grid solutions with commercial partners; and a realistic and controllable test bed from primary plant to state-of-the-art control room for the development of emerging smart grid technologies that will support the realisation of a de-carbonised grid.

NPL is one of the UK’s leading science facilities and research centres. NPL occupies a unique position as the UK's National Measurement Institute and sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. The Electromagnetics area, under the auspices of NPL’s Centre for Carbon Measurements, is working on smart grids projects which focus on the application of measurements to the design and operation of smart grids.

The role of Smart Grid Sensors and Measurement Research Engineer (Knowledge Exchange Associate) is an exciting and unique joint appointment between PNDC and NPL to deliver partnership in the area of sensors and measurement. You will test new technologies and solutions in the field of electrical power systems through work on a wide range of technical projects, including implementation of new technologies in the field of smart grid, sensors testing, metrology, measurement circuits and algorithms, state estimation. You will be primarily based at PNDC in Cumbernauld and may travel regularly to NPL in Teddington, with periods based at NPL as required.

You should possess a good honours degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a relevant engineering/science subject, together with relevant professional experience or a completed PhD. You will have advanced knowledge of electrical power systems and an appreciation of the associated sensors and measurement technologies presently implemented at distribution and transmission networks, and be capable of applying this knowledge in a highly practical environment. Good evidence of technical writing ability and strong communication skills are important, as you work as a conduit between the PNDC and NPL. You must be a self-starter, you will be able to plan and conduct individual research and knowledge exchange activities in a structured fashion, as well as generate new ideas and concepts, and the capacity to work in a dynamically changing team environment.

For informal enquiries, please contact Alan Dunn, Chief Operating Officer, Power Network Demonstration Centre, at

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