Salary range: £32,817 - £40,322
FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Term: Open Contract
Closing date: 15 February 2020
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 £12.5 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. The Centre has expanded its membership since its founding and this growth is set to continue.
The PNDC provides: a purpose-built platform for showcasing state of the art electrical distribution, generation, storage, digital monitoring, smart grids 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 is formally linked to the University through the Institute for Energy and Environment within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
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, and commercial engagements. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad.
You should possess the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with an excellent honours degree and PhD electrical engineering, electronics or similar. You will have an established track record in leading the delivery of research and development projects in collaboration with industry or in an industrial context. 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.
Good evidence of technical writing ability and strong communication skills are important. You must be a self-starter, and 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.
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Simon Hill, PNDC Delivery Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org/+44 1236 617189).
Research specific enquiries about the post can be directed to Ibrahim Abdulhadi, PNDC Senior Research and Development Engineer (email@example.com / +44 1236 617176).