Power Electronics Research Manager

Power Electronics Research Manager


Malmesbury, United Kingdom

About the role:

You will manage a team of engineers to deliver power system projects to our development teams, ensuring team philosophies and working practices are applied to a project.

You will work with different sub-teams within Technical Research, as well as New Product Innovation, other research groups and development teams to gain an in-depth product understanding, whilst using your expert knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative systems and solutions and solve complex system level problems.

  • Demonstrate designs are robust and viable for use in product through laboratory testing and driving the team to develop simulations to optimise designs;
  • Hardware design review activities (schematic reviews and pre/post PCB layout reviews);
  • Ensure electronic requirements and architecture details are documented by the team;
  • Managing technical risks in a project through FMEAs;
  • Produce and present review packs which typically include concept specifications, requirements and specification documentation, risk registers, FMEAs and design guides when needed;
  • Researching into new and emerging technologies through visiting conferences, trade shows, meeting suppliers, reading papers and patents;
  • Identify emerging IP and ensure inventions are submitted to the IP team;
  • Ensuring the team generates suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability, safety and robustness. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.

About you:

BEng/MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (or equivalent), or other relevant discipline and a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.
You should be able to demonstrate an ability to research, innovate, as well as being a key contributor to strengthening the culture of innovation within the team and wider department.
As well as specialising in power electronics for this role and have a broad knowledge of electronics you ideally will have experience of people management.

Minimum technical knowledge:

Power Electronics:

  • Experience in motor inverter design and motor control, particularly brushless DC motors, servo or stepper motors - as well as experience of power converter design;
  • General knowledge of power electronic devices and modules, including silicon based IGBTs, MOSFETs and wide bandgap technologies;
  • Understanding of device characteristics and issues with switching behaviour in real circuits, as well as power switch driver design;
  • Thermal management approaches for surface mount and through hole devices;
  • PCB layout - size/cost minimisation while achieving layouts for inherently good EMC compliance and thermal design;
  • Device selection - Interpretation of datasheets and knowledge of design methods to confidently select the optimum device based on design criteria;
  • It is desirable for a candidate to have prior experience of heater control (e.g. triac drivers and triac control).

Control Circuit design:

  • Excellent understanding of techniques for accurately monitoring small signals in high power, electrically noisy environments;
  • Knowledge of analogue to digital converters, op-amps, comparators, voltage references etc.

Design tools:

  • Schematic capture using Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics VX or other mainstream tools;
  • Use of SPICE based simulation tools such as Simetrix;
  • Use of Matlab or Python.

Design techniques:

  • Circuit simulation and design tolerance analysis;
  • Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation;
  • Robust design including FMEA techniques;
  • Familiar with creating requirement documents;
  • Ability to evaluate complete systems and drive optimization.

Laboratory experience:

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment;
  • Use of laboratory equipment to set up experiments and to take precise measurements;
  • Experience of writing risk assessments for lab-based testing;
  • Ability to build, test and modify prototypes.

Managerial experience:

  • Previous people management experience;
  • Proven ability to build and manage supplier relationships;
  • Ability to manage several projects running concurrently;
  • Budget setting and management.

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