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Researcher - Electrical Engineering with Specialisation in Power Electronics

SKH-03 –Researcher in Electrical Engineering with Specialisation in Power Electronics - IERC

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National Institute, University College, Cork invites application for Post-Doctoral Researcher in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Power Electronics. The role will support the delivery of IERC projects, contribute to the bid and proposal activity for new funding and will engage in a variety of both internal and external facing activities to include IERC business partners. Therefore, the optimal candidate will have excellent technical, business and interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, a passion for multidisciplinary research in energy and an ambition to develop their own research agenda.

IERC researchers are expected to have an understanding of academic and industrial requirements, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers are encouraged to initiate and contribute to the writing of proposals for EU and other external funding streams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the delivery of technical tasks and work packages on a number of IERC projects, including guiding junior team members through their role in project delivery.
  • Providing the technical and administrative support that underpins the project coordination function for all phases of IERC projects including development, delivery and closeout, budget management and resource management to enhance and deliver the requirements of the funding body.
  • Write proposals and applications for new projects, and technical reports/deliverables associated with project delivery and conference/journal papers for publication.
  • Assisting IERC colleagues to prepare, win, manage and deliver projects that accelerate the decarbonisation of the energy sector.
  • Liaise and build working relationships with potential industry and research partners to enable the establishment of strong consortia for proposals and extend the reach and reputation of the IERC.
  • The successful candidate will be supported and encouraged to develop their own research interests and activities.
  • 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.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Power Electronics or similar.
  • Experience of managing research projects.
  • Working knowledge of at least three of the following areas:
    • Grid Integration and Control of Distributed Energy Resources
    • Grid Stability/Power Quality Analysis and Improvement
    • Power and Energy Management in Microgrid Networks
    • Power System Network Modelling and Analysis (MV/LV Distribution Network)
    • Network Operation and Management
    • Local Energy Systems and Markets
  • Demonstrable experience using electrical and power electronic design and modelling tools such as Matlab SPS/PSIM/PSCAD/IPSA or other electrical and power system simulation tools
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of high levels of initiative and self-starter.
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Proven track record of research publications
  • Previous experience of report writing for external funded projects

Desirable Criteria

  • Hardware Experience/Knowledge on Converters, Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), prototype development, any real-time controlling platform (OPAL-RT) in the areas listed above.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative
  • Previous project management experience
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Previous experience in managing and supervising postgraduate students
  • Research experience in a university/research institute/industry
  • Presentations at conferences
  • Evidence of professional experience working with industry, and demonstrating an understanding of industry needs

The IERC provides a supportive and collaborative working environment to ensure equal employment and advancement opportunities.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Shafi Khadem at

Further information on the IERC is available at

Appointment may be made on the Post-Doctorate Researcher Scale, with salary range of €38,630 - €45,942.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Closing date for this position is 25th June, 2021.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Please click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference SKH-03

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.