Research Engineer - Power Conversion - Blyth

  • Research & Disruptive Innovation - Blyth
  • Competative salary, Annual Discretionary Bonus, 28 Days Annual Leave, 9 Bank Holidays, Company Pension Scheme
  • Ref: 206
  • Date Posted: Friday 10 Jan 2020

Research Engineer – Power Conversion

Location: Blyth

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is one of a number of Catapults set up by Innovate UK to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology in the UK.

With primary locations in Glasgow and Blyth, and regionally facilities in Hull, Levenmouth, Wales and Cornwall.  ORE Catapult is working 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.

What is the role?

We are currently looking for a Research Engineer – Power Conversion to join our Research & Disruptive Directorate. This role will be responsible to support delivery of R&D based activities related to power conversion and drives, support the development of the R&D and commercial activity in this area.

The successful candidate will provide sound technical support to Senior Engineers and PM’s to successfully deliver projects in accordance with the partner needs and contract requirements and ensure up to date sector knowledge and technical compliance regarding offshore renewable electrical infrastructure, power conversion and drives in particular.

What are my key responsibilities

  • Ensure project technical activities are delivered in quality, time and budget in compliance with ORE Catapult’s project management processes  and regulatory standards, processes and procedures.
  • Maintain an expert up to date knowledge of research activities within the offshore renewable electrical infrastructure with focus on power  conversion and drives.
  • Look to work closely with key R&D stakeholders shaping and delivering projects, managing external dependencies and interfaces.
  • Comply with ORE Catapult policies and procedures in terms of SHEQ, project management, risk and asset management. Maintain a high  standard of health & safety awareness through encouraging safe behaviours with colleagues, contractors and other stakeholders.
  • Identifying opportunities for improvements on project delivery, resource availability for the RDI project portfolio and the business is general.
  • Represent the company at the technical forums and conferences.
  • Participate proactively in the activities of multi- discipline teams, the teams being a mix of core team members and specialists working through a flexible matrix structure.

What do I need to qualify for this role?

  • Preferably PhD/EngD in relevant technology area.
  • Good understanding of AC-DC (inverter/rectifier) DC-DC conversion topologies, pulse-width modulation, power semiconductor (IGBT/MOSFET module) basics.
  • Understanding of technologies for wind turbine is a bonus, regarding drive train and power train, reliability analysis, grid connection,International standards and grid codes.
  • Numerical analysis of measurement results and power module characteristics based on datasheet.
  • Power loss calculation of power modules, passive components and cooling system inside power converters.
  • Experience of condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics in the area of power converters.
  • Simulation software experience with Matlab/Simulink, PSCAD, etc
  • Programming languages (C/C++, Python, etc.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and within a highly pressured environment
  • Attention to detail and capability to deliver projects in corporate matrix structures
  • Available to travel in the UK on a regular basis and abroad on a project basis


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology. 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 attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  24th January 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.