Research Associate - Massive Integration of Power Electronic Devices (MIGRATE)

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Closing Date: 10/09/2017
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering
School/Directorate: School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Hours Per week: full time
Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: S&E-10488

The Electrical Energy and Power Systems Group of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of The University of Manchester, UK is looking for a Research Associate to work on a research project funded by the EU H2020 project "Massive integration of power electronic devices (MIGRATE). 

This multi-partner, multi-million euros, research project will develop and validate innovative, technology-based solutions in view of managing the pan-European electricity system experiencing a proliferation of power electronic devices to connect generation and consumption sites. This overarching goal can be re-expressed in two complementary goals when considering the time horizon, i.e. to better understand how a large penetration of PE will impact the transmission system behaviour and to propose innovative solutions to manage the-pan European electricity system; in the short to medium term, how to operate the existing system configuration with a growing penetration of PE-connected generation and consumption, based on novel methods and tools; in the long term, how to make possible the transition toward a system where all generation and consumption is connected via 100% PE, based on innovative control algorithms together with new grid connection standards. Within the MIGRATE project the particular focus of this position will be on development of  a simulation platform to study and improve power quality (PQ), harmonics in particular,  in power-electronic (PE) rich power networks of the future, ensuring secure operation of the network and appropriate quality of supply to network users. Harmonic performance improvement will be achieved by appropriate control of PE-based devices, which will become a part of the solution and not only the problem. The simulation platform will enable to evaluate the harmonic levels in future PE-rich power networks and to analyse cost-effective mitigation options, which will help maintaining the required harmonics level. In these mitigation options, PE-based devices are seen as an essential part of the solution for attaining and maintaining the required harmonic levels, while continuing to fulfil their functions in the power system.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Jovica Milanovic

Email: jovica.milanovic@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 306 8724

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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