Senior Research Scholar

Jul 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00105406

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The mission of PowerAmerica - Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (the Institute) is to develop advanced manufacturing processes and designs that will enable large-scale production and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. This will allow power electronic systems to be smaller, faster, more robust, and efficient than silicon systems. This $140m project unites academic, government, and industry partners to revolutionize energy efficiency across a wide range of applications, including electronic devices, power grids, and electric vehicles. Specifically, the Institute will: * Develop critical WBG power electronic technologies, * Spark early commercialization in high value markets by stimulating demand, * Support and grow the manufacturing base, and * Nurture the U.S. WBG semiconductor industry through education programs and training. NC State was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to lead this Institute consortium, comprised of government, industry, and academic partners in a national effort to revitalize global energy efficiency by accelerating the large scale manufacture and adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors.

Essential Job Duties: The successful candidate must have expertise in WBG semiconductor device physics and integrated circuit simulations, and industrial foundry experience in the design and processing of wide band-gap power semiconductor devices. Must be skilled in power device characterization, reliability testing, and industrial qualification of WBG power device products. Ability to assist in writing RFIs and solicitations, to evaluate technical concept papers and proposals, and to render expert opinion on the technical merits and commercialization potential is required. The successful candidate will review and provide guidance to the CTO on power device design, processing, characterization, reliability testing, and product qualification. Working closely with the CTO s/he will create written reports and presentations, and provide advisory services to the CTO and DOE to support project and funding decisions. The successful candidate is expected to write winning proposals to bring funding, and work with NCSU Professors and students on proposal execution.

Minimum Education/Experience: Candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical engineering, or closely related discipline, and a strong commitment to excellence in working for PowerAmerica. Candidate must have College of Engineering faculty credential equivalency. Candidate must have at least 10 years of experience with wide bandgap power devices beyond the Ph.D. degree.

Department Required Skills: Candidates should have a strong background in power semiconductor devices, advanced energy storage and storage systems, machines and motor drives, hybrid and electric vehicles, renewable energy generation technologies including wind and solar and their integration into the grid, advanced solid state power conversion systems, electric power system control and protection, and software and communication technologies for electric power systems.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in the design/process/characterization of next generation high voltage power devices (3.3-10 kV), to enable traction and grid applications is highly desirable. Proficiency in WBG power electronic circuits to optimize devices to meet system performance requirements is a plus.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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