Power Electronics Engineer

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Jan 18, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00105947

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 largescale production and largescale 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 Power Electronics Engineer will be responsible for the following: Interacting and collaborating with PowerAmerica Industry members, both locally and nationally, to support project development and to assist in the development of an industry driven wide bandgap semiconductor roadmap. Identifying and advising on recommended best practices, approaches, and techniques to optimize the performance of SiC and GaN device based power electronic systems. The position will also be responsible for performing analyses of SiC and GaN device based power electronic circuits and systems to meet performance requirements and derive target metrics. Evaluate SiC and GaN power electronic technical proposals and render expert opinion on the technical merit, approach, equipment selection, and resource allocation. In addition, the position will review and provide guidance on SiC and GaN power electronic approaches in wind, solar, automotive, power grid, motor, and other applications with target metrics, write technical reports and make oral presentations on wide bandgap power electronics, support development of requests for information and proposal solicitations on WBG device based power electronics systems and provide status and advisory services to the CTO to support project and funding decisions, while contributing in the development of technical and education and workforce proposals to develop state of the art power electronics systems. The Power Electronics Engineer will strengthen the ability of PA to provide programmatic support and technical expertise to its numerous members. The individual in this position will act as the primary contact for PowerAmerica's power electronics supply chain program, and advise/guide faculty/staff at NC State University, faculty/staff at other universities, industry partners and academic partners in terms of the entire power electronics supply chain (design, testing and reliability, and packaging) on a national level. This position will be responsible for offering and marketing these services to existing and new partners, as well as, attract even more national members, federal grant funding, industry partners and academic partners, thus growing the membership database (and ultimately helping to grow funding/reputation). The Engineer will also be expected to utilize his/her expertise in power electronics to advise the CTO, partners and members on the best purchases/investment for the supply chain (e.g., equipment, materials), strategies to take in terms of supply chain management/development, and provide future forecasting for PowerAmerica's roadmap, especially in the next 5-10 years. The Engineer will be expected to be able to estimate/provide guidance on what equipment/strategies/procedures will provide the best return on investment for PowerAmerica and/or partners/members. They will be expectedvto know the rapidly-changing power electronics market thoroughly and thus forecast market trends on where our resources should be focused to allow the Institute to tap into the multibillion dollar market of silicon carbide and gallium nitride widebandgap semiconductors.

Minimum Education/Experience: Master's degree required. Must have at least five years of experience in Electrical Engineering with focus on wide bandgap power electronics circuit design, testing and system integration. Graduate-level experience may be considered within total years of experience.

Department Required Skills: - Must have a solid understanding of various power electronic circuit topologies and software control schemes. - Must have knowledge and experience in the theories, concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of power electronics system design, architecture, and implementation.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: - A PhD is highly preferred. - Experience in circuit design and application of wide bandgap semiconductor devices in power electronic systems.

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.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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