University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, United States
Jan 16, 2018Full time
Research Engineer The Williams States Lee College of Engineering The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center Research Engineer Position # 004726 The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) invites applications for a research engineer position in the area of Power Electronics. EPIC was formed in response to the need for highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry. EPIC is an industry/education partnership that produces a technical workforce, creates advancements in technology for the global energy industry, and supports the Carolinas’ multi-state economic and energy security. The EPIC initiative includes a 200,000 square foot, $76 million LEED Certified building that opened in July 2012. It houses classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, a clean room, a smart grid facility, and offices and laboratories for electrical, civil, environmental and computer research related to energy and energy delivery infrastructure; space for industrial partners is also available. The EPIC Building features several specialized laboratories in the different focus areas. Purpose The purpose of this position is to supplement the Power Electronics team and candidate is expected to provide knowledge in control hardware and software development and offer extensive experience in employing embedded controllers in power electronic products. The Embedded Controls Engineer will be responsible for designing and developing real-time applications predominantly used to control power electronic converters and equipment. The ideal candidate will be a team player with excellent communication skills and proficient in working with various real-time operating systems. The candidate must be proficient with simulation tools such as MATLAB Simulink and/or PSIM while having experience with coding in C/C++ and FPGA programming tools. Functions & Responsibilities Collect, document, and refine the requirements of the power electronic converter application and develop associated control specifications for the same. Develop a functional block diagram, the control algorithms and the code to meet the specifications, and a test plan for validation. Take ownership of design, coding, analysis, and documentation of high reliability, sometimes safety critical, real-time applications needed to fulfill software requirements. Write real-time software utilizing Simulink/xPC Target and other similar tools for a given set of requirements. Participate in design reviews and lead discussions related to controller design, development and applications. Write and evaluate software test plans to insure compliance to the software requirements. Education MS Electrical and/or Computer Engineering (BS with extensive experience will also be considered) Experience 2-5 years with MS degree 7-10 years with BS degree Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Since this is a critical aspect for the success of the product development, a combination of knowledge and experience in power electronics control methods is essential. Fluent and experienced in power electronics control concepts for dc/dc, dc/ac grid interactive and dc/ac grid independent power conversion systems. Strong coding skills in C, C++, and FPGA programming. Embedded controls architecture and coding. Experienced in power electronics development processes and documentation. Practiced hands-on power electronics testing. Conversant with power electronics control parameters for feedback control design. Familiar with applications of power electronic products and sequence of controls for different applications. Knowledgeable in photovoltaic, battery, renewable energy and conventional generation control schemes with power electronics. Fluent in conducting control and software design reviews in a diverse group including code reviews and methods of conducting reviews. Experienced in taking full ownership of the software and control design. Able to do technical writing and create instructions to document for other areas of the design/test team as well as the users of the developed control. Task and deadline oriented, self-starter/driven, leadership. Experience with real-time digital simulations a plus. To apply: Apply online at: https://jobs.uncc.edu Search for job #004726 The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.