Principal Power Electronics Engineer

CSA Catapult Newport United Kingdom Power Electronics Hybrid
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Company Description

Do you relish the challenge being part of a growing business, a team, an industry, and seeing the energy you help generate? Are you at your best when contributing to a range of projects and collaborating across teams to solve the problems of the future?

Within CSA Catapult we look beyond the status quo. We look to employ people based on ability and attitude; we measure what you deliver and how you do it. We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

Who are we? The next wave of emerging technologies will have an enormous impact on our lives.

5G communications will enable a host of new and exciting applications such as connected autonomous vehicles and multimedia services. Increasing demand for clean energy will require new electricity networks, while advanced sensing will open-up new opportunities for health diagnostics and security. These developments will be underpinned by Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies.

We are a Not for Profit organisation; here to help the UK economy grow, and we work across the UK with a range of industry sectors from automotive to medical, and from digital communications to aerospace. Through employing leading minds and investing in technology, we help bridge the gap between idea and implementation by removing the barriers often faced by SMEs.

CSA Catapult is committed to supporting and upholding diversity, equality, and inclusion in everything we do. A commitment to embrace and advocate for inclusion is an essential part of all roles.


Main responsibilities:

  • Technical lead for assigned collaborative and commercial power electronics R&D projects for a variety of customer applications
  • Engineering work package owner responsible for carrying out a range of engineering activities whilst co-ordinating junior engineers and technicians.
  • Translate basic specifications into circuit topologies that optimise converter power efficiency and power density to demonstrate the benefits of using SiC and GaN devices.
  • Assess candidate power conversion topologies using circuit modelling and simulation.
  • Assess PCB designs to optimise electromagnetic and thermal performance.
  • Support the activities of the power electronics team as well as collaborate with the other engineering functions of Advanced Packaging, RF/Microwave and Photonics to deliver cross functional projects.
  • Technical Reporting to project team and wider audience to demonstrate regular progress.
  • Responsible for materials, design and delivery of sub-assemblies contributing towards Engineering Evaluation Modules
  • Technical risk assessment


About you; you will have

  • Demonstrable power electronics design experience in an automotive or similar engineering environment
  • A Strong background and knowledge of power electronics, analogue and digital circuits and development.
  • High familiarity with SiC / GaN power switching technologies
  • Master’s degree/PhD level qualification within power electronics
  • Power electronics engineering industry experience with proven ability to deliver power converters / motor drive systems projects and work packages
  • Experience in multi-discipline engineering activities including package / PCB / mechanical and software design
  • Industrially proven analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to quickly understand complex issues and to propose solutions.
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues

Desirable experience

  • Systems engineering approach to projects
  • 8D problem solving methodology
  • Embedded systems control
  • Familiar with engineering lifecycle management
  • History of translating research output into working prototypes
  • Skilled in EDA / PCB design / embedded programming

Behaviours and attributes

  • Enthusiasm, drive, and commitment
  • Able to translate technical jargon and processes into something accessible
  • A team player; understanding that the value you bring is more than the sum of a job description. Able to bring people together both inside and outside a business to share a common goal
  • Tenacious and versatile; you’re excited at the idea of multiple projects
  • Mobile; collaborating will mean getting out of the office from time to time, though overnighting is likely very minimal

Other information


  • Up to £76,400 salary (FTE)
  • A non-contractual bonus scheme to allow everyone to share in our success
  • Life Assurance – 4 times your annual salary
  • Scottish Widows pension scheme – you put in 5% and we’ll put in 10%
  • 28 days leave in addition to 8 bank holidays
  • 37.5 hour full time working week
  • A generous private medical insurance scheme for you and your family
  • A cashback scheme for your eye tests and dental treatment
  • Payment for a professional membership each year
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you
  • Electric Vehicle and Cycle to work schemes