Permanent – Research engineer and project leader for hydraulic turbine flexibility

SuperGrid Institute

Posted 10 months ago

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 center, we are dedicated to developing technologies for the future power transmission system, the “supergrid”, including HVDC & MVDC technologies.

As a multi-disciplinary research center 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 specialise 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

The intermittency of renewable energies makes it necessary to increase the flexibility of electricity grids to achieve the objectives of carbon neutrality by 2050. In this context, it is essential to develop bulk electrical energy storage facilities to ensure greater grid flexibility. Hydraulic storage using pump turbines is one of the solutions to meet this need. The use of power electronics in these installations increases their flexibility: variable speed technology, or hybridization with fast storage devices are examples of applications. It is now necessary to develop innovative control strategies for these hydraulic machines to increase the flexibility of the installations and thus meet the future needs of electrical systems.

Particular Context

As part of an increase in the Institute’s R&D activities on the flexibility of hydraulic turbines, we are looking for an experienced project leader with a strong background in control and transients of hydroelectric power plants.

Within the R&D program “storage and grid balancing”, the flexibility project manager will propose a vision and a roadmap leading the institute’s innovations towards industrial applications. He/she will take part in developments to improve the performance of hydraulic units on the ancillary services markets. In contact with customers, he/she will develop offers and projects in line with the roadmap. He/she will report directly to the director of the storage R&D program.

Objectives / Missions

You are part of the project team for the setting up of a European consortium. The consortium includes electricity producers, turbine and power electronics manufacturers, and academics:

  • Organisation of consortium meetings,
  • Participation in the drafting of the bid,
  • Participation in the definition and allocation of budgets.

You are responsible for the execution of a 3-year development project for a hydraulic turbine hybridisation solution with a major industrial partner in the field:

  • Coordination of the project team and management of the customer relationship,
  • Development of algorithms for the supervisor of the solution,
  • Consultation of suppliers and optimisation of the solution,
  • Setting up tests on the Institute’s PHIL real-time platform,
  • Drafting of deliverables.

You are responsible for part of the service activity of the storage program:

  • Technical discussions with prospects,
  • Setting up offers in relation to the flexibility of electrical production means,
  • Execution of services in the event of winning business (coordination of project teams and participation in developments).

You participate in research and innovation by proposing new concepts and developing ideas:

  • You apply iterative innovation approaches: launch a minimum offer as soon as possible, test the market, adjust the product,
  • You supervise theses and internships,
  • You file patents and participate in their commercialisation.

You will be responsible for managing the future major projects of the Institute’s storage program:

  • Animation of project teams,
  • Relationship with the client,
  • Progress and financial reports to the management.

 Candidate Profile

Experience :

  • Engineer or doctor with at least 10 years of professional experience in the field of hydropower, including 5 years in project management,
  • A R&D experience in automatic control is required,
  • An experience in industrial machinery will be appreciated,
  • Oral fluency and pedagogy,
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken).

Technical skills  :

  • Hydraulic simulation tools :
    • Matlab Simulink
    • SIMSEN
  • A background in PHIL experiments will be appreciated.

Other skills :

  • Good interpersonal and writing skills,
  • Ability to work in a team,
  • Autonomy,
  • Organisational skills.

Other information

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 TypePermanent
Start DateASAP
Place of workSaint Martin d’Heres (38) or Villeurbanne (69)

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