UNC Charlotte is a public university with over 29,000 students in 77 bachelors, 61 masters, and 21 doctoral programs. The campus is located in the suburbs of one of the fastest growing U.S. cities and adjacent to a large research park. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. The William States Lee College of Engineering, located on the Charlotte Research Institute Campus, has paired with the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC), to create programs, courses and energy concentrations within multiple departments that enhance technical skills and engineering.The College of Engineering has over 3,000 students.
EPIC is a university-industry partnership that meets the education and research needs for a safe, reliable, and sustainable energy future. EPIC enhances the available technical workforce, advances technology, and facilitates strategic industry-university collaboration for the global energy industry while supporting the Carolinas' economic and energy security development. EPIC is well funded in terms of facilities, faculty, chaired positions, operations, energy focused laboratories, student scholarships, educational and research programs in the order of $100M. EPIC's main sponsors are the North Carolina State Government, Duke Energy, Siemens, AREVA, Westinghouse, URS, and others.
Current Positions At EPIC
Energy & Environment Assistant Professor of Practice
Contribute to the EPIC research program focused on the generation, storage, and efficient utilization of energy and natural resources and the assessment of the interaction between the environment and energy technologies in order to establish clean and renewable energy. Serve as lead PI and manage project teams to complete grants and contracts according to the client’s specifications.
Contribute to the organization, growth and management of the EPIC Energy Environmental Lab (EEEL) by serving as the lead PI and overseeing the development and documentation of lab safety and security protocols and the creation of lab equipment user manuals for the EEEL. Assuming full responsibility for all activities in the EEEL including but not limited to actively soliciting research or technical service engagements with industrial clients. Provide instruction and expert guidance to graduate students and faculty members as required by project. Participate in design reviews and lead discussions related to energy and the environment and serve on related panels. Click here for more details.
Assistant Director For Research and Special Projects and Professor of Practice
Position will supplement the EPIC Executive Director with expertise in managing major projects in applied research and exploratory and advanced development. Position will provide knowledge in control hardware and software development and offer extensive experience in employing embedded controllers in power electronic systems, and/or autonomous energy management, and/or vehicle systems. The Assistant Director of Research and Special Projects is responsible for managing projects with strong interdisciplinary character with multi level research teams (ie. Undergraduates, Graduates, Post Docs, Faculty and Research Engineers.Click here for more details.
Post Doctoral Fellow, Energy Storage Systems
A Postdoctoral Fellow (""postdoc"") is a professional apprenticeship designed to provide recent Ph.D. recipients with an opportunity to develop further the research skills acquired in their doctoral programs or to learn new research techniques, in preparation for an academic or research career. In the process of further developing their own research skills, it is expected that Postdoctoral Fellows will also play a significant role in the performance of research at the University and augment the role of graduate faculty in providing research instruction to graduate students. A Postdoctoral Fellow works under the supervision of a regular faculty member, who serves as a mentor to the Fellow, and it is expected that the faculty mentor will impart the realities, and variety, of scientific careers, and will encourage experiences outside the laboratory to broaden postdocs’ aspirations. Within the confines of the particular research focus assigned by that faculty member, the Postdoctoral Fellow functions with a considerable degree of independence and has the freedom (and is expected) to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment. Thus, the role of Postdoctoral Fellows is clearly differentiated from full-time technical employees. Click here for more details.
Professor of Practice Power Electronics & Engineering
The purpose of this position is to guide day-to-day research operations in the Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory (DESGL). The position is expected to execute research tasks on various projects conducted in the DESGL and to guide and teach students on the use of the laboratory equipment, which includes real-time power grid simulators, power amplifiers, and various software simulation platforms.
The Professor of Practice (PoP) is expected to utilize the equipment and software in the DESGL to complete essential research tasks. The position is expected to work as a principle investigator (PI) or with various principle investigators (PIs) to help in designing and completing tasks for various research projects, including simulation studies and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Click here for more details.