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Post Doctoral Associate: Digital Power Grid

Clemson University
N. Charleston, South Carolina

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Post Doctoral Associate: Digital Power Grid

N. Charleston, South Carolina
Open Date:
Apr 27, 2018

Clemson University has built a 15 MW Hardware in the loop (HIL) Grid Simulator that will provide a platform for research, testing, and workforce development at the Zucker Graduate Education Center (ZGEC) in North Charleston, SC. The research facility was named in November 2013 as the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation, and Development Center (eGRID). More information can be found at

The Post-Doctoral Associate will report directly to the Executive Director of the Power Program at ZGEC, Clemson University. This is a two-year appointment and requires an individual with a commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, an excellent understanding of, and experience in power systems and power electronic research and development, experience in software and hardware development, high-speed real-time simulation and data acquisition with outstanding interpersonal and team skills. It is expected that this individual develops a unique research program that extends the capabilities and applicability of the ZGEC and eGRID facility. The Research Professor will work closely with industry partners, Clemson University faculty, and students as well as visiting scientists to develop and operate a world-class power systems program to accelerate the introduction of new technologies into the electrical power market.

The duties and responsibilities of this position will contribute directly to improving the quality of research, education and industry relations at the ZGEC and eGRID.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop new research initiatives and proposals related to Digital Grid, and Virtual Power Plants (VPP) and energy storage opportunities to expand the research portfolio at the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in alignment with the Clemson Forward 2020 Strategy. (40%)
  2. Develop and implement Smart Grid modeling, simulation, and analysis research program to: (35%)
    • Support the integration of energy storage and VPPs,
    • Develop and help validate dynamic models of VPPs,
    • Provide ongoing support and model development of the real-time simulator for improving testing capabilities,
    • Develop strategies for developing a VPP demonstration installation.
  3. Support the day to day operations and activities at the research and education program at the ZGEC. (10%)
  4. Disseminate research contributions through conference proceedings and peer-reviewed publications. (10%)
  5. Provide mentoring and guidance to undergraduate and graduate interns and students. (5%)

  • Engineering degree from an accredited university, college or institution of higher learning. Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science is required.
  • Proficient with the real-time simulation modeling tools is recommended.
  • Proficient with the power engineering simulation tools like PSCAD, PSSE, MATLAB, and Simulink is recommended.
  • Experience in hardware and software development.
  • Good oral and written communication and organizational skills with the ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team, communicate findings/insights, and meet commitments for deliverables including group presentations
  • Ability to work independently and in group settings

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, please submit the following materials by May 20, 2018:

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, dissertation abstract, three professional reference names and contact information, and a brief but thorough research proposal (five-page maximum).

Reviews will begin immediately but will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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