Job Description & Person Specification


Job Description

Job title:




Systems Researcher

Electronic & Electrical Engineering


University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY

Job purpose

We wish to appoint a part time researcher to join a large industrial and academic consortium, in a project sponsored by Innovate UK. Project SYNAPS will directly address the largest single source of lost customer minutes, LV cable faults, through greater automation and intelligence in the LV network through high sample-rate monitoring and the development and automation of LV solid state circuit breakers.

The postholder will construct a number of LV network templates on Bath’s RTDS system to simulate fault conditions in LV networks. These will then be used for hardware in the loop testing with equipment developed by other consortium members.

From time to time the candidate may be asked to assist in other areas of the project or make contributions to strategic departmental objectives.

Source and nature of management provided

Dr Simon Le Blond

Staff management responsibility


Career and Professional Development Activities

From time to time you may be asked to assist in the facilitation of CPD activities. This will form part of your substantive role and you will not receive additional payment for these activities.

Special conditions


Main duties and responsibilities


Drafting reports for project milestones.

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Developing LV network templates for producing fault waveforms.

Use RTDS simulation with new equipment for extensive hardware in the loop simulation.

Attend and contribute to project meetings, internally and with other partners.

Work closely with other team members to resolve problems and provide technical help to PhD students sponsored by various industrial projects..

Write reports, conference and journal papers to publish methodologies, research findings and implications.

You will from time to time be required to undertake other duties of a similar nature as reasonably required by your line manager.

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Person Specification

Essential Criteria


BEng (or equivalent) in Electrical and

Electronic Engineering or related field


Very substantial experience in electrical and electronic engineering

Substantial experience in RTDS administration

Profound research experience in protection of electrical power systems and the wider implications of power system operation and control.


Evidence of the ability to take an effective leadership role within a research group

Experience in power system protection research, particularly in administration, configuration and use of RTDS systems for simulation and integration into a larger system by interfacing by RTDS to external electrical and electronic equipment.

Ability to work a high voltage/current environment observing safe practices for personal protection the safety of all participants.

Ability to be able to develop RTDS

User Defined Components as required, using the RTDS bespoke C derivative software.


Good programming skills in C and Matlab

Assessed by




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Experience with RSCAD/RTDS as an administrator

Excellent IT skills


Self-motivated with expertise in

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Be willing to work under pressures and diversified culture environment

Be willing to travel and stay in other institutes for the purposes of research collaborating

Have good communication skills

Code: A/F

– Application form, I/T – Interview/Test, R – Reference

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