Senior Power Electronics Engineer

Engineering | Cambridge, UK, United Kingdom
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at​.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

We hire bright, thoughtful and motivated individuals, and recognise that our success as an organisation depends on creating an environment where great employees can thrive. Teams are fluid, and individuals are trusted to take on stretching work within a supportive environment that emphasises the importance of strong communication and knowledge sharing. The fast-paced, project-based environment provides opportunities for motivated people to get involved in all aspects of delivery and to develop into new technical areas.

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or other characteristics protected by law.

The Role:

The Power Electronics Centre of Excellence (PECoE) seeks to hire a Senior Power Electronics Engineer. The primary focus of this Centre of Excellence is to design a range of custom motor drives (variable frequency) to surpass efficiency, usability and reliability requirements for a wide range of water applications. With one of the locations being with a world-class Cambridge-based consultancy, Sentec, we are supported by excellent facilities and superb access to its scientific experience and expertise whilst maintaining our constant focus on the design of motor drives.

As a Power Electronics Engineer, you shall be responsible for the power electronics and motor control for a range of variable frequency drives used within the Xylem portfolio. These products shall be based upon a re-usable platform which is customizable for specific applications and environments. Typical motor types used with these products shall be conventional asynchronous TEFC motors connected to water pumps, PMSM wetted rotor circulator
motors, and other PM or switched/synchronous reluctance motors for pumping applications. Typical power ranges shall be up to 22kW in the short-term, with higher power levels expected in the future.

As part of the role, occasional travel shall be expected from time-to-time to key Xylem R&D sites located throughout Europe, UK, US, and India.  In order to be successful, you will need to demonstrate leadership in pursuit of technical solutions, have a hands-on approach to problem solving and be able to manage your work against time, budget and customer expectations.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Design, test, and verification of electronics products and prototypes on single and three phase supplies at voltages up to 1000V.
  • Schematic design/ PCB layout with Altium Designer.
  • Analogue signal chain design and simulation using SPICE.
  • Building and debugging hardware.
  • Magnetics design, testing, and prototyping.
  • Driving manufacturing efforts for reliability and quality.
  • EMC/EMI testing and debugging.
  • Conform designs to meet standards compliance.
  • Interfacing with software engineers, physicists, and mechanical engineers.
  • Present project/product development updated and product support to clients.
  • Generating design, test, and verification documentation.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Electrical, Electronic, or Power Engineering.
  • 7+ years of Electronics design and/or 5+ years of Power Electronics/Drives design.
  • Good knowledge of mixed-signal design.
  • Magnetics design, specification, and testing.
  • Good understanding of boost PFC converters, fly-back converters, half-bridge/full-bridge converters.
  • Proficiency in schematic design/layout using a recognized package (eg. Altium Designer, OrCAD, PADS etc)
  • Proficiency in the use of test equipment DMM, Oscilloscopes, Spectrum Analyzer, Impedance Analyzer, Hi-Pot tester, etc.
  • High-level analytical ability, strong understanding of power engineering fundamentals and theory.
  • Good understanding of half-bridge and fly-back converter topologies and general experience with SMPS.
  • Good understanding of gate drive design, circuit protection (high power and voltage), analog filters, analog signal processing.
  • Prior experience with mains-driven electronics.
  • Hands-on experience with EMC/EMI testing and debugging.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of Power Electronics/Drives design.
  • Good understanding in motor control theory (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Good understanding of industrial communication protocols (RS485, ModBus, AS-i)
  • IGBT design and specification, including associated electronics ie. Gate-drive, protection, fault-mechanisms etc.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Manual handling of motor drive assemblies up to 21kg
  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office or site laboratory setting
  • Estimated 30% travel requirement
  • Standard weekly job hours: 37.5 hours

Benefits Include:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Holiday of 25 days per year, increases with length of service
  • Group life cover at 4 times basic salary
  • Private health care
  • Salary sacrifice pension scheme
  • Relocation expenses as appropriate
  • Annual performance and merit process
  • Discretionary 10% All staff bonus scheme
  • Employee referral bonus scheme
  • Access to flexible benefits including cycle to work, critical illness cover and green car leasing
  • Flexible and remote working
  • 10 hours paid Xylem Watermark volunteer activities
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