Power and Energy Systems

Research & Employment Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Opportunities

We currently have two Post-doctoral Fellowships available in the Power and Energy Systems research group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina. The positions are available immediately, until filled. The National Research Council recently ranked the departmentís PhD program  as #1 in the South and 7th Nationally. Applicants for these Post-doctoral fellowships should have qualifications commensurate with conducting research and mentoring doctoral students in such a highly-competitive and productive environment.   

Candidates should have interests, qualifications, and publications in one or more of the following areas:

  • Grid-connected power electronics
  • Power system dynamics
  • Integrated data and power networks
  • Machines and drives
  • Power electronic circuits, devices, and controls
  • Simulation environments (theory and development)  

Regardless of area of specialization, applicants are expected to be fluent in the use of commercial simulation tools, and preferably to have strong programming and software development skills including C++, C#, and .net.

Interested qualified applicants should send a vita and letter of interest to Richard Smart at: smartr@cec.sc.edu.

Graduate Research Assistants Opportunities

We offer outstanding research opportunities for graduate research assistants. Highest priority is given to students pursuing doctoral studies in the following two areas:

  • applications of power electronics in advanced power systems
  • development of simulation software, especially algorithms and methods for model integration

We seek applicants who are fully committed to their studies, who will work aggressively towards both project and degree candidacy goals, and who possess relevant background skills that have prepared them for these studies. All applicants should have some knowledge of:

  • power electronics
  • power systems
  • computer programming in C, C#
  • simulation tools

Depending on interest area, background knowledge in the following areas may also be required:

  • modeling of power devices, systems, and machines
  • software architecture and design
  • C and C# experience, including familiarity with Microsoft Visual Studio.
  • design of object oriented software systems.
  • circuit theory, including state variable approaches to circuit analysis
  • mathematics and algorithms for solving coupled sets of equations.
  • compilation, translation, or interpretation products and technologies.

Stipends for beginning Graduate Research Assistants range from $6000  to $8000/semester depending on qualifications and degree objective, and increases are awarded for high performance. Research Assistantships also carry tuition remissions worth an additional $1100 - $2900 per semester.

Graduate School Application Information

Graduate Assistantship Information

Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduate and Veterans These are 8-10 week programs funded by NSF that provide undergraduates experience in performing engineering research.  These  GRAPES Center  programs are associated with "Smart Grid" technologies.  For more information see:

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experience for Veterans

Part-time research positions (10 to 20 hours per week) are available for undergraduate students in Electrical Engineering. We are seeking highly-motivated students with good academic records (generally, above 3.0) to become involved in research in any of the following areas: simulation environments, software design, computer graphics, power electronics, fuel cells, electrochemical power sources, electric machines, and power systems.

Email Dr. Roger Dougal for more information (Dougal@cec.sc.edu)

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