Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £40,000.00 - £50,000.00 gross per year
  • Cumbernauld


Salary range: £40,792- £50,132
FTE: 1
Term: Open ended 
Closing Date: 21 July 2019

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) wishes to appoint a Senior Research and Development Engineer in the area of Distribution Networks. Working with the industrial stakeholders and senior colleagues, the post holder will lead the development of industrial research proposals, secure additional project funding and deliver industrial research projects. This senior role requires the post holder to demonstrate leadership across these activities and a have a track history in successfully developing project proposals and securing funding for innovation and research.  

The ideal candidate will have experience of working within or in collaboration with the UK DNO industry and bring a clear understanding of the key challenges faced by industry.  

 The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and industrial experience in research and innovation, or a PhD with subsequent postdoctoral industrial research experience.  

 The post holder will have an established track record in leading the delivery of projects in collaboration with industry or in industrial context and will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with minimal inputs from higher management. The post holder will also need significant experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia.  

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a world-class facility with dedicated staff that will accelerate the adoption of new, 'smart' technologies within advanced power grids, supporting the increased accommodation of renewable energy, electric vehicles and demand side management. The £12.5 million Centre - the first of its kind in Europe – has been founded by the University of Strathclyde and leading energy companies including Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. With the addition of UK Power Networks, Vodafone, Cisco and many other partners, the Centre has expanded its membership to twelve and this growth is set to continue.

The PNDC provides: a purpose-built platform for showcasing state of the art electrical distribution, generation, storage and demand side innovation; a rapid technology pipeline accelerating the proving and deployment of integrated smart grid solutions with commercial partners; a realistic and controllable test bed from primary plant to state-of-the-art control room for the development of emerging smart grid technologies that will support the realisation of a de-carbonised grid. The PNDC is formally linked to the University through the Institute for Energy and Environment within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

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