The ASPIRE NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Utah State University (USU) has an immediate opening for a Research Engineer with power electronics experience. The position will provide engineering support to a wide range of research and development projects with government and industry sponsors and academic partners. Topic areas include high power electric vehicle charging systems, electric and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, bus and truck development, wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, battery management systems, grid-tied power converters, grid integration of renewable energy and energy storage, micro-grid management, cybersecurity for EV charging and micro-grid systems, and embedded and cloud software development and deployment associated with the above systems.
The primary responsibility is to provide power electronics engineering support to projects in the areas listed above. Additional responsibilities include: lead engineering efforts with teams of graduate and undergraduate students, advise and train lab personnel, develop testing procedures, provide professional level documentation on projects, and provide customer support to sponsors on projects and hardware deliverables.
• To qualify for the Research Engineer I level: Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of related work experience
• To qualify for the Research Engineer II level: Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of related work experience or a Master's degree and 3 years of related work experience
• To qualify for the Research Engineer III level: Master's degree plus 5 years of related work experience
• Experience managing projects with many tasks, milestones and deliverables
• Degree in Electrical Engineering
• Strong oral and written English communications skills and an ability to work within a team environment and oversee engineering design and testing
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple job tasks under strict deadlines
• Knowledge and experience in the field of power electronics and grid tied power converters
• Experience with circuit simulation and PCB design tools (e.g. LTSpice, Altium, Matlab, PLECS)
• Experience with FPGA and microcontroller coding and embedded system design
• Experience working with internal combustion, fuel-cell, or electric vehicles, vehicle system retrofits, and vehicle CAN bus messaging
• Experience working with electric power systems (e.g. building and equipment electrical system design, power system analysis and simulation)
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume/ CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile
2. Contact information for 3 Professional References
3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.
ASPIRE ERC is a multi-university industry funded research center led by USU and funded through the National Science Foundation. Resources at USU include the state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) Research Facility and Test Track, the USU Power Electronics Laboratory (UPEL), and the Utah Transportation Center (UTC). Facilities at the EVR include a quarter mile electrified test track, microgrid with 128 kW solar array, 100 kWh energy storage, and real-time hardware in the loop simulation capability, a high bay research facility with 750 kW utility service, vehicle lift and vehicle dyno, and bidirectional AC and DC power supply and battery system testing equipment.
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