Eaton's European Innovation Center has an opening for a:
Senior Specialist Engineer - Power Conversion
(20min from the center)
About the research and the project:
As a power management company, Eaton is focusing on new technologies and devices needed to enable the transition to a low carbon economy. The flexibility of renewable power sources and the need for transport electrification are triggering development projects in many companies.
The Power System Technology team, as part of Eaton Research Labs, is focused on DC Power Systems for various applications: residential, commercial, transport electrification. We are considering microgrids that integrate distributed energy sources (DER), including renewables, batteries, generators.
We have an exciting and rewarding position of a Specialist Engineer in Power Conversion to support research and technology development in emerging technology programs. The job function includes developing and testing innovative power conversion technologies and identifying market opportunities for the new technologies, support businesses to evaluate market studies and develop business cases. The individual will also identify internal and external funding resource, support discussions with national labs and university leaders to be on top of the key technologies identified.
As a Senior Specialist Engineer-Power Electronics, your first project will be on DC/DC power converter for aircraft electrification, in collaboration with Aachen University, in Germany.
Lead development projects in power converter design for stationary and e-mobility applications, mainly DC power systems.
A key role will be to establish customer relationships, present ideas and projects to Eaton business leaders and ERL leadership. Communicate complicated technologies concisely to a variety of different audiences (business leaders, technical colleagues and not technical).
Further broader goals/responsibilities for this role are:
Create emerging power conversion & power system solutions based on breakthrough technologies for residential, industrial, automotive, truck, and aerospace applications.
Lead and develop technology projects by supporting teams (local and remote resources) and working with external technology resources (Business Divisions, Universities and Customers).
Designing, developing and testing power electronics platforms and systems for power conversion and distribution applications in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Lead and collaborate with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural globally distributed teams, lead specific task within the scope of work and provide updates to project manager.
Collaborate with global product development teams, mechanical, layout, and firmware engineers, from initial conception through each of the design and development phases, with the support of model-based development processes, and utilization of automated testing, verification & validation tools.
Lead power electronics engineering activities and demonstrate start-finish ownership for the assigned projects and tasks by utilizing our internal project execution processes, including design and technical reviews and presentations.
Lead design, modeling, simulation and implementation of power electronics, including analog and digital electronics, for power conversion and distribution technologies.
Evaluate designs to meet requirements factoring in performance, cost, size, reliability, and manufacturability.
Interface with Business Unit (BU) engineers and Research Labs scientists to drive strong business cases for new commercial applications.
Lead external partnerships with universities and research organizations to bring new technologies and best practices to Eaton. Lead government funding proposals and execute joint projects.
Leadership/active participation in external industry and technical groups, mentoring junior level staff and consulting internal business and engineering partners.
Participate and present in various ideation events (Innovation Summit, iDay, Design Burst, etc.).
Position requires up to 20% travel.
We would like you to bring:
PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, from an accredited university
Related senior engineering experience in power electronics designs and product development
Experience in low and medium voltage power conversion and power systems engineering, including creating specifications, defining application space, designing technical solution concepts, and building and testing prototypes to validate models/hypotheses and documenting results.
Expertise in the following areas: power converter topologies (e.g. converters, motor drive technology, high-power electronics; electric machines and controls; electrification of transport, energy storage, and grid connected converters; alternative power generation and distribution).
Experience in modeling power converters and power systems using simulation tools (example: MATLAB/Simulink, PSPICE, Altium Designer, PLECS, PSCAD).
Proven track record in new technology development
Experience in Project Management.
What skills would be evaluated:
Experience in power electronics electromechanical packaging techniques; understanding of the effects of parasitic capacitance/inductance on circuit performance, familiarity with techniques for the minimization and/or control of parasitic effects, familiarity with voltage creepage and clearance requirements and various insulation and interconnection techniques; familiarity with various power electronic component cooling techniques, etc.
Experience with real time simulators such as OPAL-RT and/or RTDS
What we can offer to you:
Excellent working environment – friendly team and much more (yoga, table tennis on site)
Quiet location in a green location, only 20 min from the Prague center metro station
Learning & Development - we invest in our employees for the long term – not just with salary and benefits but with ongoing learning and development opportunities made available through Eaton University (on-site in Prague)
Unique career development in various industrial sectors, in EEIC and international Eaton locations
Team of professionals, opportunity to learn new technologies.
Being close to other innovation projects in Eaton
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Stefan and Eaton's hiring team
The Eaton European Innovation Center (EEIC) offers an exciting, engaging, and fun environment for creative engineers who are looking for great learning, advancement, and technology leadership opportunities in a broad range of technological fields and in a highly diverse team of researchers and engineers.
With almost 150 employees we are a vibrant Engineering and Innovation Center for electrical, vehicle, hydraulic, and aerospace applications for the region focus on businesses in Europe, Middle-East & Africa.
We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.
Region: Europe, Middle East, Africa
Organization: Corporate Sector
Job Level: Team Leader/Supervisor
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: No
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time