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Research Assistant – Electrical and Electronic Engineer

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

Role Summary

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 Duties and 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 Systems or in relevant field
  • Strong understanding of the distribution network and grid integration of RETs (network modelling, system integration, grid application)
  •  Experience with design and modelling tools: Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD or other electrical engineering simulation tools
  •  Demonstrable experience in modelling, system design, simulation and hardware experience in the relevant areas.

Desirable Criteria

  • M.Sc in Electrical / Electronic Engineering is highly desirable
  • Typically with 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 €22,609-€35,218. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Shafi Khadem at

Further information on the Department is available at

Application Instructions

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

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

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.