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SKH-01 Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer, IERC

SKH-01 Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer, IERC

CONTRACT: Full Time/Fixed Term (Specified Purpose)

The International Energy Research Centre (hosted at Tyndall National Institute) invites applications for the position of Research Assistant with focus on grid integration of renewable energy technologies (RET), power electronics for converter design and control for the EDGE (Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems) team.

The role will work on projects both internally and externally funded, therefore, the optimal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  An honour’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering, or related discipline is a must.  An MSc is preferred.  The research assistant role will work under the direction of the Senior Researcher on the EDGE team on one or more research projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work under the direction of the EDGE team lead.
  • Contribute to the design, development and deployment of power electronic converters for RET based active distribution network/microgrids/virtual power plants/local energy networks applications.
  • Contribute to report writing for project updates to relevant industry stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the publication of project outcomes.
  • Work with team leader to contribute in grant proposal writing including technical, management and financial volumes for EU and other funding streams
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary to the work of the IERC. To anticipate and contribute to qualitative and quantitative analysis of topical issues confronting the IERC, highlighting innovation opportunities

Essential Criteria

  • B.Sc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Power Electronics/Control or in relevant field
  • Strong understanding of the grid integration of RETs (system integration, converter design/control, grid application)
  • Experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical and power electronics simulation tools
  • Demonstrable experience in system design, simulation and hardware experience in the relevant areas.

Desirable Criteria

  • M.Sc in Electrical / Electronic Engineering is highly desirable
  • At least 1 year previous research experience.
  • Strongly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and tied to available funding.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment.

This position may be appointed on the IUA Scales for Research Assistants €22,109-€34,612 depending on qualification and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Shafi Khadem at shafi.khadem@ierc.ie

Further information on the Department is available at www.ierc.ie.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Description as SHK-01.

Step 2 – return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


SKH -02 Post-Doc Researcher (Electrical Engineering)

Post-Doc Researcher (Electrical Engineering)

SKH-02 Post-Doc Researcher (Electrical Engineering)

Contract type: Full Time/Specified Purpose

The International Energy Research Centre (hosted at Tyndall National Institute) invites applications for the position of Engineer/Researcher in the thematic area of Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems.

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) core research team is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research group, who conduct specific pieces of research to meet the needs of industry and as approved by the IERC Steering Committee.  The core research team report to the Head of Research who reports to the IERC Executive Director.

IERC research projects bring together value chains of Industry Partners (Energy Service Companies, Technology Integrators, Facilities Management Companies, ICT and Telecoms Companies, etc.), with leading Research Institutions to deliver innovative and commercially relevant solutions to the Energy Sector.  The Centre is currently developing new activity under the strategic thematic areas of Low Carbon Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency and Analytics and Distributed Generation Systems.

IERC researchers are expected to participate in fully collaborative projects, particularly where special expertise can make a direct contribution and generally for quality control purposes. IERC researchers are expected to have both academic and industry experience, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers will be expected to initiate and contribute to writing of proposals for European and other external funding streams.

This post is a full-time, specified purpose position linked to the funding opportunities of the IERC.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research as defined in funded research projects
  • Contribute to the specification and proposal development for research projects conducted by IERC core research teams
  • Participate in and support the work with industry partners on a project
  • To support and work within the quality assurance processes and methods defined for project development and delivery
  • Develop as a thought leader and proactively generate research initiatives and ideas.
  • Provide positive critical analysis for such potential innovation opportunities with a view to solution-oriented outcomes
  • To contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by the project leader.
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Power System or in relevant field
  • Relevant research experience and proven track record (i.e. demonstrated technical competence and accomplishment) in the following areas:
  • Power System Network Modelling and Analysis (MV/LV Distribution Network)
  • Network Operation and Management
  • Grid Integration and Control of Distributed Generation Sources
  • Grid Stability/Power Quality Analysis and Improvement
  • Energy Management and System Optimization
  • Demand Response
  • Hardware Experience/Knowledge on Converters, Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), prototype development, any real-time controlling platform in the areas listed above
  • Demonstrated experience using Design and Modelling Tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD/IPSA or other electrical and power system simulation tools

Desirable Criteria

  • At least one year work experience working in industry R&D post-PhD
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to a tight schedule
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Capable of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Exceptional communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to personal development.

This is a full-time, specified purpose position with the IERC, starting at appointment and is tied to the funding profile of the IERC.  The IERC is an equal opportunity employer supporting a collaborative and creative working environment.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to the hiring manager shafi.khadem@ierc.ie or Head of Research at  beth.massey@ierc.ie . Further information on the IERC is available at http://www.ierc.ie/.

Appointment may be made on the Postdoctoral Researcher Scale €37,221 – €44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Closing date of Applications is 5pm on 24th June, 2019. Interviews will include presentations.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate SKH-02 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

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