Research Fellow - Semiconductor DC Circuit Breaker Demonstration and Testing

University of Aberdeen - School of Engineering

The project is funded by the EU Horizon2020 program, under LCE5 call. This is very large project, titled PROMOTioN (PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks), and 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. There are 14 themes and University of Aberdeen is leading WP (work package) 6 titled: HVDC Circuit Breaker Performance characterisation.

The Aberdeen HVDC Research Centre has around 12 members, significant externally-funded research program and considerable expertise in the area of HVDC, DC grids and power electronics. The research fellow will benefit from expert support within the group and association with School/University with strong research focus and extensive links with industry.

This post is one of two research fellows who will support WP6 (HVDC Circuit Breaker Performance characterisation) on the Promotion project. The research fellow will be based at Aberdeen HVDC research center, and some traveling will be required to meetings with EU partners and to present the results at conferences.

This researcher will take leading role on one task within WP6 and is expected to contribute to reporting to EU funders. The primary objective of the post is to develop and test kw-size (500-1000V, 100-500A) semiconductor and mechanical DC Circuit Breakers in Aberdeen laboratory. Substantial DC testing hardware exists at Aberdeen but some further development of the test circuit might also be required. A comprehensive DC CB testing program will be required to demonstrate normal operation but also extreme operating conditions and failure modes. 

Hybrid DC CBs incorporate semiconductor components (IGBTs, GTOs) mechanical switches, energy absorbers and central control system. Closed loop control design and development on PCBs will be required. The controller will be implemented on either FPGA or on a DSP and therefore microcontroller programming skills are essential.

The employment should commence as early as possible with the ending date of 31 December 2019.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (starting at £32,548 per annum)

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Dragan Jovcic, e-mail:

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 Elliot-Jones, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273757 or email for further information.

Job Reference Number: ENG105R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 22 January 2018

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