POETS Senior Research Engineer or Research Engineer

  • Full Time
Posted: 9.10.20

POETS Senior Research Engineer or Research Engineer

POETS

The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) is soliciting applications for the position of Senior Research Engineer or Research Engineer focused on prototyping and testing electrified power systems including thermal management. Extensive sub-system and system of new technologies prior to deploying them commercially. This position will report to the POETS Director and will be located at the POETS test facility, a new space developed in the Research Park at Illinois. POETS’ long-term goal is to increase the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times over current state of the art systems. While ambitious, this would have a profound impact on a mobile electrified infrastructure of the U.S. and beyond. On-highway vehicles could save between 100-300 million liters of fuel per year and could nearly double the range of all- electric vehicles. Off-highway vehicles could save approximately 100 billion liters of fuel since their electrification is starting from a less mature point than current on-highway vehicles. Similarly, aircraft could see 10-30 billion liters of fuel saved as well as up to 10 million tons of CO2 saved from going into the high-altitude atmosphere. These economic and environmental impacts are just the beginning of the art of the possible with the achievement of the POETS vision. More information about POETS is available at: http://poets-erc.org/.

Senior Research Engineer or Research Engineer
Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)
Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Extended

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Specific duties and responsibilities include the following, but may vary depending on position level:

Safety

  • Manage and enforce the Lab Safety Program including implementing appropriate lockout/tagout procedures on equipment, ensure safety training among users, control laboratory access based on safety training and compliance, regular documented evaluations of equipment and procedures for safety, preparedness drills, and other tasks as required.
  • Manage lab equipment inventory including electric motor test stands, drive electronics, instrumentation and data acquisition systems, chiller systems, rotating machinery, power electronics including supplies/meters/scopes.

Testing

  • Collaborate with lab users to develop detailed Test Plans including safety planning for each test being performed, timeline of the tests, coordination of different tests being performed on the same equipment.
  • Test high power density sub-systems and systems; including electrical and thermal aspects.
  • Develop new lap equipment and testing procedures as needed including formulating test plans with test faculity users, promoting safe working environment, and ensuring the POETS testbed facility is properly maintained and calibrated.
  • Stay abreast with state-of-the-art approaches for testing power and thermal systems related to high density electronic systems.

Hardware/Software Development

  • Facilitate the procurement of materials, equipment, and resources for use in the variety of projects, and to instruct and consult with graduate students, faculty, and research staff across POETS on areas of prototyping and testing.
  • Prototype high power density sub-systems and systems; including electrical and thermal aspects.

Communication and Supervision

  • Collaborate with students and faculty in composing technical reports.
  • Make presentations to sponsors, faculty, staff, etc. on research testing work.
  • Supervise lab workers to include delegation of tasks, managing work schedules and general oversight.
  • Assist students and researchers as needed.

Other tasks

  • Assume additional appropriate related research engineer duties to further the mission of the center.

Research Engineer Minimum requirements and qualifications:

  • B.S. Engineering this includes Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related field.
  • A minimum of five years of work experience in testing of engineering hardware. A representative sample of relevant engineering hardware systems includes: motors, engines, batteries.
  • Ability to manage personnel safety aspects of working in an electric power test facility with rotating machinery; Ability and willingness to use common tools required to perform routine maintenance and inspection tasks; Ability to manage multiple priorities; Possess excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills ; Possess strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment; Ability to work with diverse populations as well as contribute to the diversity of our campus community. Ability and willingness to perform outreach to identify new business opportunities.

Research Engineer Preferred qualifications:

  • M.S. Engineering this includes Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related field.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant demonstrated work experience with prototyping and testing related to power and thermal systems for high power density electronics; Experience with equipment up to 1 kV and above 100 kW; Experience with data acquisition systems and data curation; knowledge of facilities maintenance and safety.
  • Training in electrical and mechanical safety as appropriate for a rotating machine test facility.

Senior Research Engineer Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Must possess all minimum requirements as stated above for the Research Engineer
  • M.S. in Engineering this includes Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related field.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant demonstrated work experience in testing of engineering hardware, with prototyping and testing related to power and thermal systems for high power density electronics.
  • Experience with equipment up to 1 kV and above 100kW.

Senior Research Engineer Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in the following: professional laboratory management, supervising staff and/or students, with data acquisition, and digital signal processors.
  • Proficiency with CAD tools such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, PSpice or SABER
  • Training in electrical and mechanical safety as appropriate for a rotating machine test facility.
  • Knowledge and ability to organize and manage diverse activities involving people, programs, and other resources; collaborate on research projects.  Ability to manage personnel safety aspects of working in an electric power test facility with rotating machinery; ability and willingness to use common tools required to perform routine maintenance and inspection tasks. Ability to manage multiple priorities. Possess excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills, strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment. Ability to work with diverse populations as well as contribute to the diversity of our campus community. Ability and willingness to perform outreach to identify new business opportunities. Ability to provide examples of power electronic or thermal management prototypes built.

This is a full-time academic professional position on a 12 month service basis.  Salary is commensurate on experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file by September 30, 2020. Interviews may take place prior the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close date.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Hannah Dorsey at hdorsey@illinois.edu or 217/333-4978.

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