Power Electronics Engineer
Location: Cambridge, UK
The purpose of this role is to contribute to development and validation of the “smart converter” technology that Amantys can provide to its target customers and its parent company, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen. The role will be working on the development of Multilevel Modular Converters, power stack designs and innovative power electronics technology for high power applications. The role is part of the technical team at Amantys, requiring a strong background in power electronics and high-power converter operation (1 MW+).
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
- Design, validation and industrialisation of power electronic converter modules (inverter stacks) for low- and medium-voltage application.
- Development and testing of innovative technology and algorithms for smart converters using software and hardware embedded in converter modules.
- Specification of key power electronic components and datasheet analysis of parts, considering lead time, availability, price, second sourcing and qualification.
- Loss analysis and thermal modelling for converter modules, and definition of requirements for the converter cooling systems.
- Laboratory testing of power converter modules, e.g. switching tests, heat runs.
- Design and maintenance of back-to-back test rigs for validating power converter technology under realistic operating conditions.
- Writing design reports and maintenance of technical databases/repositories.
Skills and Experience Required
- Degree in Electrical Engineering (MSc or PhD in Electrical Engineering is preferred).
- 5+ years’ experience of power converter design, test, manufacturing and field issues.
- Simulation experience of power converters and sub systems, including detailed knowledge of simulation tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, PLECS, etc.
- Knowledge and understanding of medium voltage design and control issues.
- Experience of architectural option analysis, trade-off and selection including power topology.
- Ability to present results in a clear and concise manner, including technical report writing.
- Experience of working with high power converters (1 MW+).
- A wide range of power electronics experience including hardware design (inverter modules and converter systems), control design and converter simulation.
- Strong knowledge of power electronic components (IGBTs, MOSFETs, thyristors, diodes, capacitors, laminated busbars, passive components, gate drives, etc.).
- Thermal design experience (loss calculations, simulations and cooling unit specifications).
- Experience in the area of power electronics control and protection coordination studies.
- Experience of the safety requirements of working with high voltage and high power electronics.
- Innovative thinker, prepared to offer alternative or non-standard solutions to a problem.
- Motivated and proactive, ready to take the initiative, with a strong work ethic.
- Able to manage one’s own work load, juggling more than one job at a time.
- Flexibility and willingness to travel.