Permanent W/M – Research engineer HVDC grid real-time simulation

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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 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

SuperGrid Institute Architecture and System program carries out research and development on future power transmission systems based on a combination of AC and DC transmission technologies. More specifically, the research is focused on multi-terminals HVDC grid for off-shore or continental transmission.  Automation, protection and control strategies are major technical challenges that have to be addressed in order to envisage the evolution of existing HVDC systems into more complex highly meshed multi-terminal HVDC grids.

Architecture and System program comprises four sub-programs: super grid architecture principles study and optimization, super grid protection strategies, super grid control strategies, super grid simulation platform development.

A dedicated real-time simulation laboratory has been created by the latter subprogram to support the research activities of the other teams. Indeed, for the elaborated automation, protection and control strategies to reach a sufficient technological readiness level, the algorithms can be embedded into industrial hardware and connected to a virtual network simulated in real-time in a so-called hardware-in-the-loop setup (HIL).

The engineering of the automation, protection and control devices for the multi terminal DC grid relies on the implementation of state of the art communication and telecommunication techniques (IEC61850, IEEE C37.118,…).

At the interface of the AC and DC systems, the modular multilevel converters (MMCs) are complex to control. Making use of hybrid FPGA / CPU platforms for the prototyping of their control systems and for their simulation in real-time, MMCs are subject to an intensive research activity within SuperGrid Institute.

Future Multi-Terminal DC grids will be coordinated by a fundamental control brick called DC Grid control. SuperGrid Institute is becoming a provider of such DC Grid control. Simulation group have in charge to implement and test in HIL simulation the DC Control functions.

The developed competences and the real-time simulation facilities are used not only to support the internal research roadmap and to carry out collaborative research projects with other organizations, but also to provide services for potential customers in the field of power systems such as HVDC grids or offshore wind farms.

We recruit a research engineer to manage the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test platform through technical improvement, business development and operational activities.

Objectives / Missions

  • To create and maintain a shared competence within the Architecture and System program around communication and telecommunication techniques towards their application to HVDC grid automation, protection and control
  • To participate to the technical improvement of the real-time simulation laboratory, especially concerning the rapid prototyping and the HIL testing of industrial relays and controllers
  • To develop and validate DC Grid controls
  • To develop and maintain a control room / SCADA interface for demonstration purposes
  • To coordinate internal and external activities to implement the specified HIL setups
  • To interact with customers from the pre-sale phase to the delivery
  • When appropriate, to participate to the structuration of the technical and commercial offer
  • To organize demonstration visits, to publish technical papers, to participate to conferences and events

The candidate will be involved quickly on several major European Projects in the filed of DC Grid control development and HIL validation.

Candidate Profile

  • Background: Engineer or PhD (preferably Electrical engineering)
  • Experience: 0 to 3 years in modelling and simulation of power systems. New graduates are welcome.
  • Technical skills:
    • Power system modelling and simulation
    • Power electronics and controls
    • Computer science and IT
    • Communication for electrical substation automation (IEC61850)
    • Power system engineering
  • Other skills:
    • Good command of English language
    • Team work
    • Good communication skills
    • Organizational skills

👉 What we have to offer

  • You will be joining an institute for energy transition, a promising and stimulating field of activity,
  • A young, dynamic working environment,
  • Diverse, international teams (+25 nationalities),
  • Contribution to meal expenses (company restaurant)
  • Possibility of home office
  • Sports club within the company (on-site yoga, football, running, etc.)
  • Use of self-service company bicycles
  • CSE, Mutual, Provident
  • Remuneration: according to your experience

Other information

The application must be sent at the following address : and has to include the job title, candidate name, CV and the most recent marks.

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 DateAs soon as possible
Qualification requiredMaster's degree / Engineering school

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