Research Engineer, Electrical Infrastructure - Cables - Blyth

  • Research & Disruptive Innovation - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 days Holiday + 9 Days Bank Holiday, Company Pension Scheme, Annual Discretionary Bonus
  • Ref: 255
  • Date Posted: Friday 24 Jul 2020

Research Engineer – Electrical Cable Systems

Research & Disruptive Innovation

Location: Blyth (preferred) or Glasgow


As the Offshore Renewable Energy sector continues its transformational pathway to next generation technologies, we are accelerating research and development activities that underpin this.  Part of this activity involves tackling the challenge of making the UK’s electrical infrastructure systems future-proof to meet the evolving needs of the growing offshore wind, wave and tidal industries.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is excited to be recruiting for a Research Engineer – Electrical Cable Systems to be based within our Research & Disruptive Innovation Directorate.

Our Research & Disruptive Innovation Directorate supports the development and commercialisation of future offshore renewable energy technologies through both applied research, in collaboration with UK and international academia, and direct innovation with SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises).

As a key member of the Electrical Research Team, you will focus on pioneering methodologies and applications related to electrical cables technologies, mainly through R&D project delivery. You will conduct an array of R&D activities collaborating with core research team members within ORE Catapult and external partners including owner/operators, turbine OEMs and cable technology developers whilst maintaining healthy interactions with universities and other research institutes to further develop solutions.  

The successful candidate will possess knowledge and experience of applications in the following areas;

  • Subsea cable configuration and typical failure mechanisms

  • The role of cable systems in offshore renewable energy

  • The principles behind cable design, development and operation

The work of our Electrical Research Team supports the technology breakthroughs designed to address the significant LCoE (Levelised Cost of Energy) reduction challenge across the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector. Our continued contribution in this area has never been so important as we look to lead a post-Covid-19 recovery with cutting edge technology, for the future of offshore renewable energy generation.

Tell me more about the position?

As a Research Engineer in the Electrical Infrastructure area, you will work closely with strategic leadership to shape the detail of projects, whilst pro-actively discovering future opportunities and making proposals related to emerging and / promising technologies within the industry. The preferred candidate will have proven experience of relationship management with internal and external stakeholders.

Drawing from your previous experience of delivering R&D activity, you will manage projects on a timely basis, providing technical reporting and updates to all involved parties. You will be deeply involved in the development of methodologies which challenge the status quo and provide value to both ORE Catapult and front-line operations of the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector.  

This role will support the formulation and delivery of innovative solutions for cables-based electrical infrastructure which may cover design, monitoring and testing. Partnering with our industry-based counterparts, you will be afforded the opportunity to create and publish high quality research publications representing ORE Catapult at technical and scientific forums and conferences. The Research Engineer – Electrical Cable Systems role plays a valuable part in supporting the team with customer engagement and commercial business development related to the Electrical Research Programme / Roadmap.

We are currently working on the development of solutions for Floating Offshore Wind, and related activity including the exploration of the transition from AC to HVDC for some offshore electrical infrastructure solutions. We are also keenly involved in the realisation of improved working practices pertaining to wind turbine operation, energy systems and hydrogen plant to name but a few. We continue to develop condition monitoring system capabilities to optimise operation and maintenance performance across the sector in a number of areas including electrical cable systems.

The quality of work produced within Research & Disruptive Innovation Directorate is integral to maintaining our reputation as a leading international technology solutions provider and the successful candidate will become part of this directorate and operate at the forefront of innovation and development for the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector.

This is a rare opportunity to play an important part in the future development of green energy systems, in a market that will only continue to grow significantly over the coming years.

What do I need to qualify for this role?

  • Good knowledge in the following areas is a key requirement:

    • Subsea cable configuration and typical failure mechanisms

    • The role of cables systems in offshore renewable systems

    • The principles behind cable design, development and operation

  • Good knowledge in one, or more than one, of the following areas would be an advantage:

    • Energy storage which includes but not limited to hydrogen energy storage technology

    • Wind turbine electrical and/or control system related research experience

  • A PhD/EngD degree in a relevant electrical infrastructure engineering / scientific discipline is desirable

  • 2 or more years of R&D or industrial experience in the relevant of areas of electrical infrastructure systems (particularly cable systems)

  • Experience in electrical infrastructure systems / sub-system modelling

  • Experience with one or more of the following software packages; OrcaFlex, Ansys, Matlab, PSCAD

  • Experience in producing research and/or technical reports

  • Good publication track record

  • High capacity for change and willing to learn and adapt new concepts

  • Sound relationship management skills

  • Innovative and creative thinking

  • Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and within a highly dynamic environment

Who are we?

The offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors are amongst the fast-growing, most innovative and exciting industries in the UK and are at the forefront of supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy and our fight against the climate emergency.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), is a leading technology innovation and research centre delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy.  With locations across the UK and in China, ORE Catapult works  with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes an attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

How do I apply?

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please take the opportunity to review the attached job description and apply using an updated CV which showcases the skills and experience you have relevant to the role.

Thank you for your interest in Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Closing Date:  9th August 2020

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.