Power Electronics Control Engineer

Location
Grenoble, France
Salary
€38,000–50,000
Posted
28 Oct 2022
Closes
27 Nov 2022

The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.

As a power electronics control engineer, you will join the Power Supplies Group which is responsible for the design, maintenance and operation of the complex electrical systems used to power the accelerator electromagnets.

Your tasks will be:

  • Design and improvement of the embedded system used to control the power converter of the group:Modelling and simulation of power converters with PLECS / MATLAB Simulink and design of their control laws (current / voltage regulation, etc.);
  • Implementation of real-time control algorithms on DSP / FPGA targets: design of the control system architecture, writing of the software specification, coding and debugging of the program;
  • Validation tests and tuning of the regulators on the power converter on a test bench and then in its final environment;
  • Maintenance and operation of the group’s equipmentContinuous improvement of equipment reliability: analysis of root cause of failures, proposal of design modifications (hardware/software);
  • Preventive maintenance activities during accelerator shutdown periods: inspection, modification and functional testing of equipment;
  • Standby and on-call duties:  on-site intervention day and night to troubleshoot equipment failures, remote technical support to the Accelerator Operation Group. Total of seven one-week standby duties per year;
  • Minimum 3-5 years working experience in a similar role;
  • Proficiency in control engineering (transfer function, feedback and feedforward loop, PID controller);
  • Good knowledge of various topologies such as SCR rectifier, H-bridge, Inverters, and their control (PWM, etc.);
  • Experience in modelling and simulation of electrical circuits with tools such as PLECS, PSIM, SIMSCAPE;
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) TI Code Composer Studio IDE or a DSP code generation tool such as PLECS Coder or MATLAB Embedded Coder;
  • Experience in design of FPGA based control system would be a plus;
  • Familiar with software version control systems such as GIT or SVN;
  • Practical experience in testing and troubleshooting electrical/electronic equipment;
  • Proactivity and ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Analytical mind and strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize commitments effectively;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Standby and on-call duties:  on-site intervention day and night to troubleshoot equipment failures, remote technical support to the Accelerator Operation Group. Total of seven one-week standby duties per year.

Permanent contract.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

  • Be inspired by our innovative research institute, with an international workforce from 38 different countries;
  • Collaborate with global experts on real-world science;
  • Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe’s Green Capital 2022;
  • Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life;
  • Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble;
  • For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to https://www.esrf.fr/home/Jobs/what-we-offer.html.

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.

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