Knowledge Exchange Assistant - Smart Grid (107726)

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

FTE: 2
Term: Fixed (24 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 £30 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. Including UK Power Networks, Vodafone, CISCO, S&C Electric, Omicron, and Locamation, the Centre has expanded its membership to 11 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; 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.

The PNDC seeks to appoint a Research Engineer with the ambition, talent and drive to develop and test new network technologies and smart grid solutions in its unique, world-class industry-scale facility. The successful candidate will work as part of a growing dynamic team on a wide range of technical projects with particular emphasis on experimental validation and testing. Opportunities for innovation are extensive, through the strong working relationship and routes to market afforded by the PNDC industry members. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad. You will be primarily based at PNDC in Cumbernauld.

You should possess an excellent honours degree in electrical engineering and a relevant PhD or equivalent professional experience. You will have advanced knowledge of electrical power systems and the protection and control systems used in distribution and transmission networks, and be capable of applying this knowledge in a highly practical environment. This position will have a focus on modelling of power systems, using network modelling tools in an offline and online/real time environment. Good evidence of technical writing ability and strong communication skills are important. 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.

This role will require the applicant to meet the requirements of the UK Baseline Personal Security Standard to enable work on defence related projects.

For informal enquiries please contact Alan Dunn, Chief Operating Officer,
Tel 01236617161

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