University of Connecticut, Eversource Energy Center

Position ID:UConn-Eversource Energy Center-2020220 [#15137]
Position Title: Assistant Research Professor
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Engineering
Appl Deadline: (posted 2019/10/15, listed until 2020/04/15)
Position Description:    

The Eversource Energy Center solicits applications for a non-tenure track research faculty position at the assistant professor level with an expected start date of January 1, 2020.  The position seeks to advance research in power engineering or related specialties. The position will have an academic home in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

As a trusted source for energy expertise, the Eversource Energy Center is a leading energy industry-academia partnership advancing research and cutting-edge technologies to continually improve power grid efficiency and reliability. Leading the way for energy companies across the country, the Center has established its reputation as a leader in predictive analytics and innovative solutions for electric reliability, forest sustainability, grid hardening and grid modernization. With an initial $9M investment from Eversource Energy and an additional $2M from other utilities and industrial partners, the center has funded several projects ranging from predictive analytics for storm-based power outages, to grid modernization and cyber-security. The Center has recently acquired a major RTDS-based grid simulation testbed facility, and plans to invest in research projects that will use this grid simulation system for testing and validation of distributed energy resources in the power grid and grid modernization methods.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop research projects based on the RTDS grid simulation system and sustain an internationally-recognized and externally-funded research program in power engineering. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a research expertise on power systems engineering with a focus on advanced power systems and grid modernization.  Specific areas of interest include:

o   Understanding and analyzing microgrid stability and uncertainty and associated control approaches

o   Resiliency and control methods in the presence of cyber and other malicious threat actors

o   Smart grid technologies including communications techniques, advanced command and control mechanisms for generation and management, and advanced grid monitoring and management

o   Integration of distributed energy resources including renewable energy and storage technologies with the grid. 

  • Contribute to the Eversource Energy Center’s academic mission
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field by the time of the appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  2.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated success in original research, and publication of that work in archival journals.
  5. Experience with oral presentations at national or international scientific meetings.
  6. Significant experience with RTDS simulation tools.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Research credentials in power engineering and that complements existing faculty expertise.
  2. Experience as a post-doctoral or industry researcher in a research-competitive environment.
  3. A background that provides preparation for teaching graduate courses in power engineering.
  4. Exposure to developing research grant applications to federal funding agencies.
  5. Interest in collaboration with industry.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a 9-month, non-tenure track position with an expected start date of January 1, 2020.  The position is annually renewable with an expected duration of three years.  The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

TO APPLY

Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin on December 3, 2019.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020220)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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Eversource Energy Center
Innovation Partnership Building
159 Discovery Drive
Unit 5276
Storrs, CT 06269-5276

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