Southern Company Research Engineer, Sr. in Birmingham, Alabama
Research Engineer, Sr.
Southern Company is an industry leader in the development of Smart Grid technologies applied within the power system. This requires talented and motivated engineers to develop and manage technology research programs and field demonstrations. As a member of a small research team, the person sought will be responsible for implementing R&D strategy across power electronics and power quality applications and executing appropriate demonstrations across a broad portfolio of Smart Grid programs. These include new power flow controllers, advanced inverter/converter technology development and evaluation, and overall support of diverse research programs dependent on power conversion technology. In addition to technology demonstration and evaluation, the successful candidate will provide technical and economic analysis support for operating company marketing personnel in dealing with the application of power quality mitigation equipment and techniques.
Initial assignments will include managing Power Electronics (PE) and Power Quality based technology development and demonstrations across the power delivery infrastructure as well as applications across a broad range of technologies reliant upon PE such as fast charging, robotics and drive systems. Other possible roles include evaluation of hardware and controls associated with wide bandgap devices applied in utility applications and in-depth evaluations of smart inverter technologies. Specific responsibilities include reporting on performance, economic analysis, and troubleshooting. This person will facilitate the technology transfer of viable options from R&D into everyday operations.
This Research Engineer will interface and collaborate with existing research team members, universities, leading industry experts, marketing sales personnel, colleagues and vendors, but must also work independently to develop and demonstrate applicable technologies and/or procedures. Travel is required – approximately 25% and at times more. Job location is in Birmingham, AL.
Successfully implement a Power Electronics Applications and Power Quality Strategy and manage an R&D Portfolio
Develop research plan, including technology development and demonstration
Generate periodic reports and final reports on technology demonstrations
Leverage research resources with those of other utilities, institutes, universities, and agencies to address Southern’ s technology needs
Effectively transfer research results to the business unit
Provide effective and timely communications to all participants on research program activity and accomplishments
Facilitate the adoption of new technology into business practice
Scout new technologies to maintain a healthy R&D project pipeline
Interface with EPRI, industry consortia, universities and vendorsSeek new emerging technologies that could provide value to the company
Provide basic assessments of new technologies
Identification of technologies to be added to R&D portfolio
Committed to safety and helping other work safely
Place high priority on workplace safety and workforce
Must demonstrate behaviors consistent with company culture including unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment
Self-directed with strong initiative
Team player with internal and external relationship building qualities
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering is required – Power Electronics electives preferred
Advanced degree (M.S., PhD) with concentration in Power Electronics strongly preferred
Experience in power distribution or transmission preferred
3 years of experience in directly applicable power electronics role preferred
Knowledge of power electronic devices and controls, packing of PE based systems, and/or maintenance and testing of “high-power” PE applications
Experience in power distribution, transmission, or industrial facilities preferred
Understanding of power quality phenomena such as flicker, harmonics, and voltage sags
Knowledge of electrical engineering designs, principles and practices, applicable codes and standards, including the National Electric Code
Proven hands-on capability is required for lab and field testing setup
Excellent oral/written communication skills along with excellent presentation capabilities
Working knowledge of data monitoring and acquisition systems; data analysis software, SQL database administration, and open source software
3 years of Portfolio, Program or Project Management experience
Entrepreneurial mindset, challenges status quo
Innovator; skilled in research processes; self-assured, self-starter
Proven leadership, mentor and teambuilding skills, with the ability to build and foster relationships
Good technical writing and presentation skills
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills combined with high personal drive and energy
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. Southern company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com .
Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Job Field: Engineering
Job Type: Standard
Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham
Operating Company: Southern Company Services
Job Type: Standard
Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time
APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)
600 North 18th Street
Req ID: SCS2007860