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Senior R&D Digital Electronics Engineer in HVDC

Location: Krakow, MA, Poland
Job ID: R0028599
Date Posted: May 8, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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General information

Over 60 years ago, Hitachi Energy introduced a new way of transmitting electricity across long distances with minimum losses – High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC). We can now deliver up to 12 gigawatts of power at voltage levels of up to 1100 kV, covering distances of more than 3,000 kilometers. Also, HVDC is key enabler for integrating renewable sources like offshore wind farms in continental power grid. Our R&D engineers and scientists develop breakthrough technologies that change the way the world works, and industries do business. Now we are looking for enthusiasts who would like to strengthen our growing team in Hitachi Energy Technology Center in Krakow, contributing to the heart of HVDC station: Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACH™).

That control system is designed to run 24/7 for thirty years or more, handling for all control and protection functions. Development in Krakow covers High-Speed digital control boards, I/O Measurements systems and Power Electronics control & protection circuits. As a part of global R&D organization you will cooperate on daily bases with colleagues from MACH™ teams in Sweden and India, all working under same Agile framework (SAFe), developing End-to-End solutions integrating electronic hardware, FPGA, and embedded software.

You will join Digital HW Electronics team lead by Michal Kamon, applying your knowledge and skills in technology and/or product development.

- You will see how your personal efforts converted to real products, impacting evolution of electrical grids, making it more green, reliable, and resilient.

- You will work in comfortable office with great transport communication (near central station), with modern equipment in our brand-new on-site laboratory area.

- Our organization will support your competence development, knowledge sharing, work-life balance, harmony of diversity.

- Our teammates are open-minded, friendly, and working in good spirit.

Your Responsibilities

- Participate in the full lifecycle of hardware platform for HVDC Control & Protection system, from idea, requirements, simulations, prototyping, testing up to release & sustaining production.

- Take care of robust design, including analogue/digital electronics, high speed, optoelectronics, gate drivers, power electronic, etc…

- Do conceptual design of hardware platform based on initial requirements, influence technology based on your knowledge and experience.

- Work with simulations, parts selection, schematics, and layout.

- Do prototyping, validating, and testing. Care of testing infrastructure and environment.

- Prepare and manage technical documentation.

- Participate in technical reviews and project planning.

- Drive processes and tools improvement activities.

- Living Hitachi Energy’s core values of safety and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business.

Your background

- Practical knowledge of hardware electronics design process and tools (e.g. SPICE, Altium, PADS, Zuken CADSTAR…).

- Experience with laboratory test and measurement equipment and circuit boards testing, reworking.

- Strong commitment to SAFe (Agile) work practices and dedication to follow all relevant workplace safety guidelines.

- A high level of self-motivation, curiosity, and desire to learn about new technologies.

- A collaborative, solutions-oriented approach, and good communication skills.

- Knowledge of design reliability methodologies (DFMEA, MTBF, etc).

- Awareness of relevant industry standards and methodology.

- English language – at least Intermediate / B2 / Technical communication.

Theory and strong practical knowledge are expected in following areas

o Digital area:

- Logic IC (Gates, Families, Level shifters)

- Microcontrollers / CPU (inpu/output standards, block functionalities, JTAG)

- FPGA (inpu/output standards, block functionalities, JTAG)

- Clock management (sources, domains, parameters, distribution)

o Digital-analog conversion.

o Circuit simulation (SPICE, Model modification, performance analysis)

o Tolarance, precision and behavior of components.

o Noise sources and cancelation methods.

o Multilayer PCB design and PCBA manufacturing.

o Design for Signal Integrity and EMC.

o Design for Power Integrity and multiple voltage domains.

o Laboratory test and measurement principles

It would be advantage to have experience in

o Analog signal processing (Filters, OpAmps, etc)

o Discreet elements design (BJT, FET, Zener, Capacitors, Diodes, Resistors)

o Power integrity and management.

o SMPS design.

o Power electronics (Drives topology, Gate driving, Magnetics, etc)

o Signal Integrity and EMC measurements.

o Familiar with R&D process and tools, management of risk and IP.

o Root Cause Analysis methods

o Experience in project

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