Post Doctoral Fellow, Electrical Engineering

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
21 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow to work on …

  • The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow work on this project will develop a standard design for large-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant at transmission level interconnection with dispatching capability. The PV plant architecture will include hybrid AC/DC grid, advanced AC/DC protection schemes, centralized and decentralized controllers and communication infrastructure.
  • Developing an advanced SCADA power plant controller modularly to integrate Hybrid Energy Storage Systems (HESS) and other types of renewable power generation for future expansion.
  • Develop a novel Renewable Energy Management System (REMS) to facilitate increased penetration of PV Power Plant with dispatching capability.
  • To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.

Position Requirements

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop optimal PV Power Plant Design Architecture with AC/DC grid connections.
  • Develop centralized and decentralized Controllers for Hybrid PV power Plant.
  • Protection schemes for PV power Plant with Hybrid AC/DC MV grid
  • Develop Renewable Energy Management System tool for Hybrid PV Power Plant with Hybrid Energy Storage Systems.

The following are some of the key tasks:

  1. Design of grid connected and islanded PV power system that includes:
    • Utilization of isolated high-frequency DC transformers resulting in elimination of bulky AC transformer,
    • PV strings that are connected in series through DC/DC converters to step up the DC bus voltage,
    • A hybrid DC/AC grid, where the DC bus cluster is regulated by the central AC/DC converter (VSC1) with master control function and VSC2 working as slave control for active and reactive power regulation and
    • Integrating the ESS with efficient ancillary services at the hybrid DC/AC grid of the large scale of PV power plant.
  2. Advanced and efficient low/medium voltage power converters for PV power system will be utilized such as modular multilevel converters with medium DC voltage.
  3. PV Power plant controllers will be developed considering:
    • Centralized and distributed MPPT Systems at PV string, PV module and sub-module levels will be investigated. Using the dual-active-bridge DC/DC converters for PV strings, where the first bridge performs the centralized and distributed MPPT operation and the second bridge regulates the output DC voltage.
    • PV ancillary services and grid support functions that include coordinated control of the grid-connected PV converter reactive power to improve the voltage profile and FRT support, inertia response, output power smoothening for the large PV plant along with coordinated frequency control with ESS. The centralized VSC will enable the capability of positive and negative sequence compensation to mitigate the unbalance operation of the grid and reducing the voltage unbalance factor at the PCC.
  4. PV Power converters stability and mitigation of inter-convertor oscillations.


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in Electrical engineering with strong background in Advance Power electronics and Control Systems. The candidate must have an established record of scholarship with significant journal publications and demonstrated expertise in power electronics, power systems and operational control.
  • Experience of undertaking assigned research tasks and starting to manage own workload
  • Contributing to scientific papers and academic journal articles where possible acting as lead/ corresponding author
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to function as part of a team working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • PhD gained from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • At least 2 year of increasingly accountable relevant experience as a researcher in academia or in industry
  • At least 1 lead author publication in a Q1 journal in the relevant field
  • Experience contributing to high impact publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: KUK – Khalifa University
Job: Post Doctoral Fellow
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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