Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department/School: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Staff Category: Knowledge Exchange
Type of Employment: Open-ended
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary range: £42,149- £51,799
Term: Open Contract
Closing date: 24 October 2021
The PNDC seeks to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Research and Development Engineer to lead and manage delivery of high value research and knowledge exchange programmes, and develop PNDC communications and systems integration capability. This will involve the candidate pro-actively engaging with industrial partners and leading initiatives which develop research opportunities, funding awards and create impact for PNDC stakeholders. The candidate will also be able to lead and contribute to high value industrial project proposals. The post holder will be expected to work between the PNDC and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.
Opportunities for innovation are extensive, through the strong working relationship and routes to market afforded by the PNDC industry members, which include UKPN, SSEN, & SPEN. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad.
To achieve the above, the Senior R&D Engineer will require significant research and/or industrial experience in at least one of the following technical areas:
a) Industrial Internet-of-Things
b) Communication Frameworks e.g. Modbus, DNP3, OpenFMB. OpenADR etc
c) Communications Technologies e.g. LTE/5G, IoT, IP/MPLS
d) Cyber Security and Data Encryption
e) System Integration and Cloud Computing
The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree in Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Communications, Computer Science or similar and, PhD or equivalent industrial experience for example in wireless communications, cloud computing and cyber security.The post holder will have an established track record in leading the delivery of research and development projects in collaboration with industry or in industrial context.
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre 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. With the addition of UK Power Networks, Vodafone, Cisco and many other partners, the Centre has expanded its membership to twelve and this growth is set to continue.
The PNDC provides: a purpose-built platform for showcasing state of the art electrical distribution, generation,storage 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 post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. The post holder will also need significant experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia.
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Simon Hill, PNDC Delivery Programme Manager(firstname.lastname@example.org/+44 1236 617189).
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday, 5 November 2021.
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