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Research Associate in Power Electronics

The University of Edinburgh - Institute for Energy Systems

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 Grade UE07, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 22nd January 2024
Job Ref: 9178

Contract type - Fixed Term - 30  Months

The Opportunity:

The power electronics research team within the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an experienced Research to work on the modelling of high voltage DC (HVDC) systems and DC circuit breakers (DCCB). The successful candidate will be responsible for part of the University of Edinburgh’s contribution to the Network DC project. This is a multiparter project, led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE), which aims to advance the readiness of HVDC networks and enable the deployment of multi-terminal DC grids which cannot exist without DCCBs.

Offshore wind will play a leading role in the transition to net zero, with as much as 100GW required to deliver 2050 net zero targets. Efficient connection of this resource will require a mass investment in voltage source-HVDC to make the connection between the generation and shore. To date, offshore HVDC installations have-been dominated by point-to-point links dedicated to single offshore windfarms. However, substantial cost and environmental benefits can be achieved through a move to more complex HVDC grids which make better use of infrastructure and flexible routing of power flows. 

Despite potential benefits the use of HVDC networks has remined slow, due to the difficulties in protecting such networks from DC-Faults. To support the development of HVDC grids there is a need to demonstrate the capability of DC Circuit Breakers (DCCBs). Network DC will address this though a comprehensive design and evaluation process targeted at real world deployment of DCCB enabled HVDC networks for offshore wind generation.

A full list of main responsibilities and the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role can be found in the full job description below.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • strong background in power Systems and HVDC
  • experience in the modelling and analysis of utility scale power electronics, and an interest in real world applications
  • interest in real world application
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