EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Search for Assistant / Associate Professor of ECE in Power Systems or Power Electronics at Clemson University’s Innovation Campus in North Charleston, SC

Applications and nominations are sought for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in electrical power engineering at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (ZGEC) of Clemson University’s Charleston Innovation Campus in N. Charleston, SC (http://www.clemson.edu/restoration/). The candidate’s teaching and research should encompass a broad range of topics related to power systems with a focus on Intelligent Distribution Systems and/or Power Electronic applications in power systems. In addition, the ideal candidate should have a solid understanding of the cyber-infrastructure related areas of power systems such as embedded systems, cybersecurity, networking, and remote sensing. The person filling the position will hold a tenure-track faculty position in Clemson’s Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (http://www.clemson.edu/ece/).

The Holcombe Department of ECE is one of the largest and most active departments in the University, with 32 primary and 14 affiliated full-time faculty members, approximately 550 undergraduates and 190 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $8.6 million. Power engineering research facilities associated with the Department include those on the Clemson main campus and at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) in N. Charleston, SC. CURI houses a $110M electric power research facility initiated in 2009 from a $45M Department of Energy grant. It includes the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center which contains the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center also houses the Duke Energy Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development (eGRID) Center, a facility with real-time simulation and 20MVA hardware-in-the-loop capability. The Clemson main campus includes state-of-the-art real-time simulation facilities for research in intelligent control of the electric grid, a modern power-electronics laboratory, and a thriving undergraduate and graduate emphasis in power systems.

Clemson University is the largest land-grant institution in South Carolina, enrolling 18,600 undergraduates and 4,800 graduate students. Seven colleges house strong programs in architecture, engineering, science, agriculture, business, social sciences, arts and education. A faculty of 1,500 and staff of 3,700 support 84 undergraduate degree offerings, 73 master’s degree programs and 40 Ph.D. programs. An annual operating budget of approximately $956 million and an endowment of $621 million fund programs and operations. The University has externally funded research expenditures of $100 million per year. Research and economic development activities are enhanced by public-private partnerships at 4 innovation campuses and 6 research and education centers located throughout South Carolina. Clemson University is ranked 23th among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field. Application material should be submitted electronically at the following Web link: http://apply.interfolio.com/39804 

To ensure full consideration, applicants must apply by December 1, 2017; however, the search will remain open until the position is filled.


Equipment Specialist

Equipment specialist will be part of a team for day-to-day operations that is responsible for service and maintenance of the test center equipment and utilities, including the 7.5 MW and/or 15 MW test rigs, and 15 MW grid simulator.

  • Equipment maintenance: support maintenance of facility hydraulic, pneumatic, and cooling systems (50%)
  • Safety: perform risk assessments, safety walk-throughs and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations (20%)
  • Controls: configure, calibrate, and troubleshoot sensors, PLCs, and motor drives (10%)
  • Operational support: support test engineers during test planning, preparation, execution, and reporting (10%)
  • Facility and site support: support installation, maintenance, upgrades, and configuration changes to facility systems, including building electrical, plumbing, lighting, emergency, structural, safety, HVAC, and communications systems (10%)

Minimum requirements: high school diploma & professional experience directly related to the area of employment

Preferred requirements: high school diploma or equivalent & 2-5 years of professional experience directly related to the area of employment; valid driver’s license class D normal <26,000 with acceptable driving record

Application deadline: January 2, 2018

See website for complete details.


Research Engineer

Research engineer will be part of a team for hands on day-to-day operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the test center equipment, including the 7.5 MW and 15 MW wind turbine dynamometers and customer devices under test.

  • Testing: Supports test campaign readiness preparation, executes test plans and reports test results.  Investigates and analyzes test data from both test bench and customer test specimen. (25%)
  • Electro-mechanical equipment: Works with electromechanical hardware, equipment troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrades.  This involves hands-on work to solve complex technical issues on a daily basis. (20%)
  • Controls: Installs, configures,calibrates, and troubleshoots sensors, data acquisition systems, PLCs, and motor drives. (20%)
  • Technical project management: Creates test plans, maintains planning, scheduling, task management and cost estimates.  Supports communication, manages relationships, and leads meetings with customers, internal and external stakeholders. (20%)
  • Safety: Completes required safety training.  Performs safety task analysis (STA) on non-routine tasks.  Identifies and controls discovered hazards.  Works toward compliance with safety rules and regulations. (15%)

Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering preferred but other engineering disciplines will be accepted.  Valid driver’s license Class D normal <26,000 with an acceptable driving record.

Application deadline: January 2, 2018 (however, positions will remain open until filled)

See website for complete details.


Undergraduate Intern – Energy Innovation Center

The Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) is now accepting applications for undergraduate internship positions.  Up to eight interns will be hired for summer internship located at the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston, SC. Interns will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art testing equipment used to test full scale wind turbine nacelles and utility scale power electronic equipment.  Each intern will be assigned specific deliverables and will be expected to give multiple oral presentations on their work. Students can email an application package (cover letter and resume) to Ramtin Hadidi, Ph.D. at rhadidi(at)clemson(dot)edu. Clemson University students will participate in the UPIC internship program. For detailed information see below.

Description: Clemson University has built and commissioned two state-of-the-art, world class testing facilities at the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center (EIC), part of the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) located at the Charleston Naval Complex in North Charleston, SC.

The first is the Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility (WTDTF), consisting of two mechanical test dynamometers (7.5 and 15 megawatt) designed to test the next generation of wind turbine prototypes with the goal of improving reliability and reducing the cost of energy delivered. The facility has been testing wind turbines for over two years, with additional prototypes to be tested in the coming year.

The second is the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research Innovation and Development center (eGRID), designed to help develop and test the next generation multi-megawatt technology including wind turbines, energy storage, and smart inverters with the overall goal of improving reliability, increasing security, and reducing the cost of energy delivered.

The mission of the EIC is to provide high quality research and testing services to the energy industry. Both facility strives to establish long term partnerships with industry, government agencies, and other partners to further research and educational opportunities.

Interns will be involved in equipment installation, test preparation, data collection, data analysis, and modeling activities. These internships require individuals who have a strong interest in working with large, full scale mechanical and electrical devices. This is an industrial research facility where safety is the number one priority and all interns will be required to undergo extensive safety training and adhere to safety rules at all times.

We are seeking up to eight (8) individuals during summer period. Interns will be part of the operations team at the WTDTF or eGRID, working alongside Clemson University research professors, engineers, and industry partners. Each intern will be assigned specific deliverables that they must complete during their internship. Each intern will give multiple oral presentations and reports to the CURI team throughout the internship. All internships will be at the Charleston Naval Complex in North Charleston, SC.

If interested, submit a cover letter and resume outlining your interest and qualifications.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: May 21, 2018
Salary: $14/hr
GPA: 3 or above
Major: Mechanical, Electrical, Computer or Industrial Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or Mathematical Science
Class Standing: Junior or senior standing is preferred but strong sophomore candidates will also be considered.


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.