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Chief Engineer
University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina
Date Posted 01/22/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number STA00092PO22
Classification Title Director
Internal Title Chief Engineer
Campus Columbia
Work County Richland
College/Division College of Engineering and Computing
Department CEC Electrical Engineering
Band Unclassified
Advertised Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Advertised Salary Range Salary Commensurate with Qualifications.
Location of Vacancy
Part/Full Time Full Time
Hours per Week 37.5
Work Schedule
The standard hours the employee is expected to work – 37.5 hours per week.  The employee must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.     
Type of Staff Position Research Grant (RGP)
Basis 12 months
Job Search Category Other Professional

About University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research and community engagement. Founded in 1801, the university offers more than 300 degree programs and is a top-tier Carnegie Foundation research institution. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of 20 locations throughout the state, including the research campus in Columbia. With 60 nationally ranked academic programs including top-ranked programs in international business, the nation’s best honors college and distinguished programs in engineering, law, medicine, public health and the arts, the university is helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and around the world.
Diversity Statement
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefit Eligibility Type Research Grant (RGP)
South Carolina Retirement Yes
State Insurance Programs Yes
Annual Leave Yes
Sick Leave Yes

Advertised Job Summary
The Chief Engineer is responsible for development and daily operations of the Power Electronics Systems laboratory. The Chief Engineer reports to the Project Director and works with principal investigators, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students to support the entire scope of research activities of the Power Electronics Group in this and related laboratory spaces. The scope of research activities includes design and development of power electronics components and systems including cross-disciplinary supporting systems such as thermal fluid and machinery systems, modeling and simulation of power electronics systems, power hardware in the simulation loop, real time data acquisition, and control of power electronic systems. Real time computing is inherent in all of these activities.  
The Chief Engineer is expected to provide expert technical assistance for executing the research, to manage the research equipment and facilities, to assist in allocation of time and scheduling of projects that use the research facilities. The Chief Engineer will participate in continuous improvement of the laboratory capabilities, manage maintenance of equipment, and daily compliance with safety regulations.
Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and minimum four (4) years of experience in designing, installing, configuring, or using power electronics equipment.
Preferred Qualifications
MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering
Experience operating or managing power electronics facilities at kW to MW power levels 
Professional Engineers license or other certification relevant to power electronics
Experience with project management 
  • Understanding of digitally controlled electronic power converters operating at the kV and kA power levels, real time data acquisition and computing, use of simulation models for designing and operating power electronic systems. Understanding of safety implications of equipment usage.   
  • Excellent analytical skills, and ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects, to organize and prioritize tasks, make critical decisions, and to operate efficiently in a research environment with rapidly evolving and sometimes-competing needs.
  • Familiar with or able to quickly learn university and industry safety requirements and regulations such as OSHA, ANSI, NEC, UofSC Health and Safety.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken forms, using language appropriate to the technical domain.
  • Proficient with general computing skills, and use of MS Office software including MS Project.

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No
Hazardous weather category Non-Essential

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 03/01/2022
If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date
Job Open Date 01/21/2022
Job Close Date 03/07/2022
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must use legal full name when responding to this posting. Be sure to include all relevant work history, as it is used to evaluate your qualifications for the position. 
Under employment history, please make certain to add end dates to all jobs for which you are no longer actively employed.
Applicants should be prepared to upload:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Names and contact information for, at minimum , two (2) reference providers

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email. 
We are only accepting applications submitted by March 7, 2022.
Quicklink for Posting https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/114134
EEO Statement
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

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