Research Associate in Control and Power Systems

University of Sheffield - Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 31 October 2018

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Salary: Grade 7

£30,688 to £38,833 per annum , with potential to progress to £39,992 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? We have an exciting opportunity in the University of Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering for someone with a passion for control, monitoring and optimisation of power systems looking to use their skills to make an impact on the UK renewable energy industry.

This post provides a rare opportunity to contribute to research and development aimed at advanced control, monitoring and power management of distributed renewable generation and storage units. The proposed research will combine a multi-functional platform with an innovative smart inverter technology, thus enhancing smart grid integration of distributed energy resources. You will contribute with publications and develop demonstrations of the methods developed. This post is funded by an Innovate UK project with Infinite Renewables Ltd and the University of Sheffield as partners.

You should hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in any relevant area of control engineering or power engineering and should have a strong knowledge of experimental implementation of control methods in power electronics and power systems. You should also have experience in one or more of the following professional skill areas: DSP programming, modelling and simulation of power electronics and power systems, MATLAB/Simulink using SimPower Systems and hardware support packages, HIL implementation and real-time simulation (for example, OPAL-RT), and design of power electronic/power system experimental setup.

While you will have an opportunity to build on your own research experience and strength to contribute to the research project, you will also contribute to the reputation of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Department as the leading department in systems and control.

Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is one of the largest departments devoted to the subject in Europe. We are a world-leading research department, as evidenced by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) exercise - out of 62 UK institutions specialising in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary engineering, the Department was ranked first for quality of research publications and third for overall research quality. The principal investigator and line manager for this role is Dr George Konstantopoulos and the supervisory team will also include Dr Inaki Esnaola and Dr Dario Bauso.

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 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.

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