Eaton has an opening for an:

Engineering Specialist – Power Conversion

Location: Aachen/Bonn Germany

About the research and the project:

In this position you will execute projects and lead developments in power electronics targeting grids, vehicle, and aerospace applications. The Specialist Power Electronics will report to the Regional Team Lead Eaton Research Labs in Aachen/Bonn and help to identify key technical gaps and influence the technology roadmap for Eaton’s power systems products and services.
This work will help businesses across Eaton to solve critical business problems and uncover new business opportunities.
The position is a technical position and will involve the complete range of technical responsibilities including design, implementation, and integration of the envisioned solutions.

Primary function:

  • Develop innovative power electronics solutions for both, AC and DC systems, and help Eaton’s products and services to differentiate and lead in the emerging market.
  • Design, control, integrate and validate power conversion and (semiconductor-based) protection components for stationary grids, vehicle and aerospace applications.
  • Integrate innovative concepts/solutions on device or subsystem level into prototypes, feasibility studies, specifications, and eventually into larger systems and components.
  • Contribute to power electronics module design including power semiconductor selection, evaluation, prototyping and topology studies.

Further goals/responsibilities for this role are:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert externally and internally. This includes active participation in (external) technical groups.
  • Serve as Principal Investigator in government and non-government proposal preparation, project execution and reporting.
  • Engage multiple business stakeholders, cross-functional teams, national labs, universities, and utility customers.
  • Build new research programs by working collaboratively with others across a broad spectrum of disciplines to accomplish strategic goals.
  • Innovate, invent and challenge state-of-art design & process by securing critical intellectual properties through patents and publications in high impact, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Build new research programs by working collaboratively with others across a broad spectrum of disciplines to accomplish strategic goals.

We would like you to bring:

  • PhD or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering/Mechanical.
  • Min. 5 years of progressive experience in developing and designing technology solutions with a proven track record of developing high-quality technology
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: design and prototyping of power converters (bidirectional/unidirectional DC/DC converters, multi-port converters), application and circuit design incl. WBG technology, design of protection devices (SSCB, HCB) and protection architectures, design of cooling systems, packaging solutions.
  • Expertise 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
  • Solid experience in integration of power electronics components (protection devices, converters, pre-charging units) in field tests and demonstration pilots
  • Full working proficiency in German language

What skills would be evaluated:

  • Knowledge of the state-of-the-art DC and AC solutions for stationary applications and charging infrastructure with good understanding of market trends
  • Experience in advanced control and optimization methods to address the emerging R&D challenges in modern energy systems.
  • Experience using one or more of power systems simulation software MATLAB / Simulink, PSCAD, PLECS, Atrium
  • Experience in fast actuation, active filtering, gate driver design, sensing and/or advanced cooling technologies (liquid, two phase, immersed)
  • Design, control and testing of MVDC and LVDC components and grids
  • Real-time simulations, hardware-in-the loop, and power hardware in the loop such as OPAL-RT, RTDS or Typhoo

What we can offer to you:

  • 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
  • Unique career development in new product development in power electronic sectors in collaboration with Eaton’s European Innovation Center in Prague and other international Eaton locations
  • Team of professionals, opportunity to learn new technologies.

About Eaton:

We are a power management company made up of over 92,000 employees, doing business in more than 175 countries. Our energy-efficient products and services help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, efficiently, safely and sustainably. By giving people tools to use power more efficiently. Helping companies do business more sustainably. And by encouraging each and every employee at Eaton to think differently about our business, our communities and the positive impact we can have on the world.