Research Fellow - Characterisation of DC Circuit Breakers

University of Aberdeen - School of Engineering

The post is funded by the project PROMOTioN (PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks), under EU Horizon2020 program, which includes 35 partners across Europe.

The PROMOTioN project addresses the challenges for meshed HVDC offshore networks development by putting a clear focus to bring meshed HVDC offshore grids and their associated technologies to the level of large scale real-life application. University of Aberdeen is leading WP (work package) 6 titled: HVDC Circuit Breaker Performance characterisation.

The Aberdeen HVDC Research Centre has a strong research portfolio related to DC transmission systems, Flexible AC Transmission systems, power systems modelling and control, integration of renewables and power electronics. The external research income is around £3.5 million over the last 6-7 years, funded from European and UK research councils, but also EU/UK transmission operators and power industry. The centre has a substantial power electronics laboratory; it is well equipped with modern software and also hosts RTDS (Real Time Digital Simulator).

This post is one of two Research fellow staff who will take leading role on several tasks in WP6. The research fellow will be based at Aberdeen HVDC research centre, while some travelling will be required to meetings with EU partners and to present the results at conferences.

The primary objective of the WP is to analyse semiconductor based DC Circuit Breakers for applications with DC transmission grids. The analytical models for system level studies are required, both on PSCAD platform and on real-time digital simulators (RTDS). Further detailed component-level models will be developed as required for technology development, for failure mode analysis and impact on DC grid protection system. The technology scaling to ultra high voltage will be investigated.

We are seeking an outstanding research fellow to engage on modelling and simulation research, to collaborate with colleagues in WP6 and contribute to PROMTION project in general. Building on your knowledge and experience in power electronics, power systems, mathematical modelling, and simulation you will be contributing in pioneering research that may have significant impact on offshore DC grids.

You should have PhD degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or related field. Experience of power electronics simulation (PSpice, PSCAD , SimPowerSystems MATLAB), is essential. In addition to having a strong technical background, you will be an ambitious, enthusiastic person with good interpersonal and solid analytical skills who can work independently and as part of a team.

As this post is funded by EU Horizon2020 it will be offered for a period of 21 months.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£32,548 – £38,833 per annum) with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Dragan Jovcic (

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa.  As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Marian Elliott-Jones, , HR Adviser, for further information on this.

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The closing date for the receipt of applications is 26 October 2017.

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