Research Fellow in Power Electronics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 20 July 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 20/07/2020
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Job category/type: Research

Job description

Applications are invited from future leaders of any nationality to join our vibrant and multi-cultural team as a Research Fellow in Power Electronics on a 24 month fixed term contract with a funding end date of December 2022.

This project aims to develop a novel power electronics converter to connect floating offshore wind turbines to power networks, ensuring resilience, high efficiency, superior reliability and the least impact on the environment. This will be achieved by undertaking advanced modelling and computer simulation to identify the optimal converter design, followed by the development of intelligent control software to maximise the efficiency and fault-tolerant operation of the converter. The performance of the final design will be validated through prototype hardware implementation and testing in consultation with our industrial partner.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Hold, or about to obtain, a PhD in Power Electronics, Electronic/Electrical Engineering or closely related discipline.
  • At least 3 years’ demonstrable and relevant research experience in the broad area of power electronics, power converter architectures and control.
  • Evidence of a strong publication record commensurate with career stage and experience in the proceedings of international conferences and journals (such as IET and IEEE Transactions etc).
  • Demonstrable knowledge/skills in Power Electronics design software, including packages such as MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Programming skills including software for programming DSP, PSoC, or FPGAs control platforms.

You will have substantial opportunities to build their career, including training in innovation, commercialisation and soft skills, travelling to research conferences, and collaborating with our industrial partner IXYS UK Westcode Ltd.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body.  In particular, the School is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in line with the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

EEECS perform world class research across within the Queen's Global Research Institute on Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), the Pioneer Research Program on Intelligent Advanced Manufacturing Systems (iAMS), and a core disciplinary research Cluster in Electronics and Computer Engineering (ECE). Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) research was ranked 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.

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