CDI – System architecture principles Research Group Leader

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SuperGrid Institute brings together 180 employees of 28 different nationalities who work together within a dynamic environment in the city of Lyon. As an independent research and innovation centre, we are dedicated to developing technologies for the future power transmission system, the “SuperGrid”, including HVDC & MVDC technologies.

As a multi-disciplinary research centre with advanced simulation capabilities & multiple test platforms, including numerous associated laboratories, SuperGrid Institute uses its comprehensive expertise to provide a wide range of services and solutions to support our customers in developing power systems, equipment, and components. We specialize in system architecture and work on ensuring network security and stability while allowing for the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. Find out more by visiting our website:

General Context

Integration of large amount of renewable energy sources (RES) (e.g., offshore wind, PV) and energy market integration are two of the main drivers for the future development of the pan-European power grid. This will require a reinforcement of the transmission grid to make it able to transport large amount of power over long distances from generation areas to load areas. Extended High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grids, in Point to point or Multi-Terminal (MTDC) configuration covering large areas and distances, are considered to be the preferable solution for the reinforcement of the grid. Indeed, it has been understood that MTDC grids based on voltage source converter (VSC) technology are a key development for harnessing the offshore wind production potential of the North Seas. Those systems will be evolving from simple point to point and radial structures to complex meshed ones. To achieve their development, it is necessary to propose architecture principles which are compatible with a stepwise development of HVDC grids, which will take place offshore in the short-term, and onshore in the mid-term. New grid planning tools and methods should emerge to support transmission system operators (TSOs) and other grid asset developers, in the development of the pieces which will ultimately form the HVDC transmission backbone of the European system.

Position Context

Within the Institute, the Architecture & Systems Program carries out research, studies, and consulting services, in the field of HVDC transmission, AC-DC transmission, Off-shore wind farm grids, MVDC systems. The Program skills are structured based on four subprograms: Architecture, Protection, Control, Real-time simulation.

In this set-up, the Architecture subprogram carries-out studies that have various objectives:

  • Cost-benefit analysis (CBA): models and tools that are helpful to compare various types of grid investments
  • Techno-economic analysis (TEA): models and tools that are helpful to compare various technological architectures
  • DC lines: electrical design of HVDC overhead lines, insulation coordination design methodology, assessment of the conversion of existing AC lines to DC
  • New components integration: any new grid component technology (eg: a DC-DC converter topology) offers opportunities and constraints from grid operation point of view, which must be studied with the appropriate system perspective

Compared to the other subprograms (Protection, Control, RT simulation), the Architecture subprogram is less focused on one specific expertise, and it can be seen as more transversal and general. In this context, the Architecture subprogram leader must have a large background in power transmission system research and industry, to be able to understand various aspects and subjects. He/she is involved in transverse projects and can act as project manager: internal R&D project, collaborative R&D project, customer contract (consulting services).

The Architecture subprogram leader manages a Research Group of 4-8 persons: research engineers (electrical engineering, software development), PhD students, Master students.

Objectives / Missions

Being the leader of the Architecture subprogram, your mission is:

  • To lead the development of CBA and TEA skills and tools to support HVDC grid and AC-DC grid planning activities
  • To lead specific projects focused on new component integration and new technological architecture assessment
  • To act as consultant engineer (internally, customer projects), in the domain of power system architecture and operation
  • To manage a group of 4-8 persons and develop their skills

Here are some specific objectives of the position:

  • To develop sustainable TEA software tools and skills for: Offshore wind farm grids, HVDC grids and AC-DC grids
  • To specify and develop advanced TEA tools for HVDC grids and AC-DC TEA through a Horizon Europe collaborative project
  • To handle European system models and scenarios suitable to support consulting services that require CBA analysis of HVDC-based grid reinforcements
  • To develop HVDC line electrical design skills through a suitable collaboration project, looking forward to offering new consulting services related to DC lines
  • To develop projects and collaboration for the assessment of new component technology and new grid architectures
  • To develop a deep vision of grid planning drivers, relevant architecture principles and technology enablers
  • To lead exploratory studies to gain knowledge in new fields, in the context of grid planning drivers
  • To lead transverse initiatives and projects

Candidate Profile

Engineering degree (Master 2) or PhD degree.

Broad knowledge and experience in the field of power transmission. Focus on HVDC systems.

Experience in both academic research and industry-oriented research.

  • Technical skills:
    • Load flow studies and modelling
    • Transmission grid component technologies (AC, DC)
    • Power system operation and control practices: transmission grid, offshore wind farm grid,
    • Multi-terminal HVDC system control and protection
    • (Insulation coordination of HVDC systems and lines)
  • Economic skills:
    • Understanding of electricity and ancillary services market mechanisms
    • Understanding of CBA methodology and indicators
  • Technical lead skills:
    • Collaboration project proposal and realization
    • Research project proposal and realization
    • Mentoring younger engineers
    • Excellent synthesis skills. Ability to manage the big picture, while paying attention to the details
    • Ability to interact with other experts within the institute, to develop transverse projects
  • Other skills:
    • Good command of English language
    • Ability to lead teamwork
    • Good communication skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Customer interaction skills

Other information

Please send your application to the following address :

SuperGrid Institute is an equal opportunities employer. We respect and value the diversity of our employees, their backgrounds and their professional experience. We believe in equality and take affirmative action to ensure that discrimination has no place in our recruitment process nor our company.

Job Features

Contract TypeCDI
Start DateJanuary 2023
Qualification requiredMaster's degree / Engineering school

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