The purpose of this position is to guide day-to-day research operations in the Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory (DESGL). The position is expected to execute research tasks on various projects conducted in the DESGL and to guide and teach students on the use of the laboratory equipment, which includes real-time power grid simulators, power amplifiers, and various software simulation platforms. The Professor of Practice (PoP) is expected to utilize the equipment and software in the DESGL to complete essential research tasks. The position is expected to work as a principle investigator (PI) or with various principle investigators (PIs) to help in designing and completing tasks for various research projects, including simulation studies and hardware-in-the-loop testing.
The Professor of Practice (PoP) will also work directly with students and provide them the opportunity to understand and develop skills in scientific research. This includes developing their analytical skills so they can establish research based on fundamentals of power engineering and validate the tests and models. Additionally, this position will instruct students in power engineering and power electronics utilizing the Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory and its Real Time Digital Simulation (RTDS) systems. The incumbent will instruct the students how to utilize simulation tools for practical development of ideas that may lead to new technology. Each year the PoP will help assess, evaluate, and continuously improve student learning using data, lessons learned, and input from key stakeholders. He or she is also responsible for safety training for the DESGL.
The position will be responsible for keeping the Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory lab records and models of experiments in good operational order. The incumbent will maintain records of DESGL inventory and manage ordering of DESGL lab supplies and equipment. The incumbent will establish and maintain service records of DESGL lab equipment. The incumbent will instruct/train undergraduate and graduate students in the standard methods of research. Publish results at conferences and in journals, and seek additional funding to support of the DESGL.
Minimum Experience / Education:
UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management or Operations Research with advanced knowledge in power systems, power electronics and real-time analyses with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience. Additionally, robust experience with power grid modernization research, power electronic controls, hardware-in-the-loop testing, real time analysis and/or system modeling may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree. Candidates must be able to work independently and with a diverse team; demonstrate excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills; and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that serves a diverse student population as well as faculty, alumni, and industry.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.