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R&D Grid Converters Control Engineer

Salary: £55,000 - £70,000

Full-time hybrid with London office base

Requiring knowledge in designing, developing, and testing control algorithms, this position will involve working directly under our R&D Grid Converters Engineer. You will play a key role in developing and implementing control algorithms, taking concepts and prototypes through to commercial product for customers. 

With a focus on three-phase grid connected converters, you will be active in initiating analysis, design reviews, technical discussions, verification, and validation and will have an innovative approach with engineering reasoning. Importantly, your work will include supporting project and test activities and help to ensure that these are completed within schedule and budget. 

What you will do:

  • Research, design and develop innovative control strategies contributing to the development of cutting-edge IONATE technologies  

  • Developing models and conducting simulation studies during the product development life cycle  

  • Developing and executing standardised test plans, including hands-on lab testing activity for the evaluation of prototype systems and final products 

  • Analysing and troubleshooting software/hardware and system level problems as they arise during the testing activity by proposing effective technical solutions 

  • Analysing operational test data to assess system performance 

  • Communicate effectively complex technical solutions with peers and non-engineering colleagues 

  • Actively participate in technical development and testing across a multi-disciplinary team including transformer designers, power electronics and embedded engineers, control, safety and grid integration engineers and SW specialists.  

  • Create and maintain technical documentation.

What you will need:

  • A degree in Electronics and Electrical and/or Information/Control Engineering 

  • Proven grid connected inverter development experience (AC/DC, DC/AC, DC/DC) (5+years) 

  • Deep knowledge of classical control theory, linear, nonlinear, model predictive control systems, control stability analysis, state space modelling, modulation techniques 

  • Capability to read and understand complex scientific literature and ability to implement proposed solutions 

  • MATLAB/Simulink proficiency ideally with model-based design experience and fundamentals in C/C++/C#/Python development for real time applications 

  • Experience in digital signal processing and filtering techniques 

  • Experience working in a lab environment using power converters, power sources, loads, signal generators, oscilloscopes etc. 

  • Can work to clear timescales and collaborate with a cross functional team to deliver projects on time. 

  • An ability to work on projects with ambitious product targets. 

  • Communication skills enabling you to work with multiple departments across the globe. 

  • A drive to learn new things! 


It would be useful to have:

  • Knowledge in embedded systems for real time control applications 

  • Knowledge of utility grid interconnection standards, such as IEC/IEEE standards and international grid codes is desirable 

  • Willingness to, at times, travel for testing and commissioning.  


Your benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules: You will be based in our modern West London offices but will have the flexibility for hybrid work-from-home arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.  

  • Employee Option Plan: You get equity in IONATE, so as we succeed so do you.  

  • Company pension: a competitive, flexible, and sustainable pension product to help you plan for your future.

  • Career Development: It’s important to us that you have the opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth.  

  • Cycle to Work and EV scheme: Low carbon travel is important for everyone, so we have in place both cycle and EV schemes to help you purchase a bicycle or electric car.  

  • Slow travel: We believe in a low carbon future, so if you wish to travel by a lower carbon method – but it takes much longer than flying - we will give you an extra 2 days holiday per year.  

Apply via Workable here

IONATE has a friendly team that collaborates and supports one-another. If you don’t fit all the description above, but you are passionate about the work we are doing and could add value to our team, please get in touch. We believe in making positions fit the skills of people, not the other way around. We are also committed to providing equal opportunities, an inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone. We value diversity in race, gender identity, sexuality, age, family or civil status, disability, religion, or ethnicity and encourage you to apply wherever you come from.  

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