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Research Associate* (163352)

University of Strathclyde - Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £32,236
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th November 2018
Closes: 11th December 2018
Job Ref: 208725
 

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Department/School: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Staff Category: Research

Type of Employment: Fixed-term

Working Hours: Full-time

Salary:  £32,236
FTE:  1
Term:  Fixed (to 16/07/2021)  
Closing Date: 11 December 2018

The University of Strathclyde seeks to recruit a Research Associate in Power Electronics to join the Power Electronics, Drives & Energy Conversion (PEDEC) research group within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Institute for Energy and Environment. This follows the award of EPSRC funding for a research project entitled ‘Quietening Ultra-Low-Loss SiC & GaN Waveforms’, to investigate wide-bandgap power semiconductor applications. This is a jointly conducted project with the Universities of Bristol and Edinburgh, and Imperial College, London.

You will be responsible for conducting novel research into the control of state-of-the-art silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor devices for maximising efficiency, minimising EMI and ensuring reliability. This will entail developing hardware operating at up to 800-1000V, and at power levels of up to several kilowatts. The successful applicant will also be expected to liaise with the partner institutions, to prepare written reports and presentations, and to present and publish research outcomes at high-profile international conferences and in IEEE journals.

To be considered for this position you will be educated to PhD level in Power Electronic Convertors, or you will have significant, relevant experience in addition to a relevant Degree. You should have significant experience of successfully designing and implementing power electronics hardware operating at significant power levels. Specific skills in two or more of the following areas are required: gate driver design; PWM techniques; digital control techniques for power converters; microcontrollers/DSP and FPGA, development of maximum efficiency point tracking algorithms. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the partner institutions and therefore should have the ability to communicate and exchange ideas effectively.

Candidates must be an excellent team player, and should be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, a record of independently managing his or her own workload, and the potential for developing an outstanding publication record. The successful candidate must prepare written reports and presentations, and to present and publish research outcomes at high-profile international conferences and in IEEE journals.

* Whilst a Research Associate is ideally sought for this position; applications from candidates who are close to PhD completion or whose award is pending, are also welcome. In such circumstances, appointment will be made at RS06 level (Research Assistant) and duties will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the grade of the post. This will continue until the PhD award is confirmed, at which point the duties and grade will be revised accordingly.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Derrick Holliday - derrick.holliday@strath.ac.uk

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