Position Summary

UAF is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant Institution. The Carnegie Classification of UAF is Research University with high research activity. UAF is the major research campus in the University of Alaska system and hosts several research institutes including the Institute of Northern Engineering, Geophysical Institute, International Arctic Research Center, Arctic Regions Supercomputing Center, and Institute of Arctic Biology. Applicants are invited to visit the ACEP web site at http://www.acep.uaf.edu. Fairbanks is a modern city with approximately 100,000 residents in the area. It is located in interior Alaska between the Alaska and Brooks mountain ranges and hosts a large variety of cultural and outdoor activities. Additional information about this position is found and applications are only accepted online at www.UAKJobs.com. All applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research objectives, and at least three professional references with contact information.

Duties / Responsibilities

Duties will include one or more of the following, depending on candidate strengths:

  1. Lead technical and economic analysis of multi-terminal MVDC distribution system between remote Alaskan villages. Analysis must include specification of power converters and operating strategies. Work closely with Utility partners and other ACEP Researchers to compare MVDC solution to traditional AC solution as well as continued operation as remote islanded diesel powered systems.
  2. Propose and lead innovative, effective, and practical approaches for stability analysis and monitoring of converter-dominated power systems at the hundreds of kW level.  Research should include simulation components as well as hardware validation in a laboratory setting, with considerations for field deployment. 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

Candidates will be evaluated based on their past research and/or industry experience. Candidates must have both power systems and power electronics experience.  In particular, candidates must have strong experience with dynamic and transient modeling and simulation of power systems, preferably to include use of averaged-model based representations of converter-coupled generation. Candidates must be familiar with at least one Electromagnetic Transient Program platform. For the MVDC work, candidates must have experience working in some capacity with MV power electronics – design, analysis, build, and/or testing, and an understanding of current state of the art of MVDC converters. The ideal candidate also has an understanding of current state of the art of MVDC components and systems. For the stability analysis of converter-dominated power systems, candidates must have experience performing simulation and/or theoretical based stability analyses. The ideal candidate has experience with on-line stability/network monitoring. 

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