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R&D Engineer - Power Electronics for HVDC

Our engineers develop the next-generation technologies in HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) that enable to transmit electricity over long distances and via submarine cables which provides access to electricity for billions of people around the globe. You will work in our global R&D organization on a specific development project critical to Hitachi Energy needs with opportunities to switch teams and projects as you and our fast-paced business grow and evolve.

The current technology has enabled the connection of renewable energy such as large offshore wind and remote solar generators to the grid and brings clean energy to large cities. We're looking for engineers who bring fresh ideas to make the power grid greener and smarter as we continue to push the technology forward.

Our team is a part of Hitachi Energy Technology and Solutions Development in Krakow, Poland, and is responsible for the development of semiconductor based HVDC and SVC converter valves. At our site in Krakow, we employ more than 100 people working on converter development, electronics and control.

In this role, you get a broad network of contacts within Hitachi Energy's global organization and a good insight into how we work in different functions at Hitachi Energy. You will work in an inclusive environment with a team of competent, professional and friendly colleagues who will help you grow with the tasks. Please find out more about our world leading technology at

Reporting to Jakub Lis, Team Lead/Scrum Master. and supported by Agnieszka Wojtysiak Technology Manager, you will cooperate and will be supported by our global R&D teams and experts. A creative environment allows you to utilize your knowledge and skills in technology and product development to identify and implement innovative solutions for a new Product Platform.


Your responsibilities

  • Be part of the design process for our future HVDC converter cells and other power electronic sub-systems of our converter stations and take a leading role to take new ideas from idea generation through simulation, circuit design, prototyping all the way to verification.
  • Take responsibility for specification, selection, qualification and verification of semiconductors, passive component and protection concepts.
  • Contribute to feasibility studies on converter topologies, while gaining knowledge on Power Grids applications and requirements.
  • Support a fast, iterative design process in a cross-functional, dedicated team. Use fast prototyping and lab mockups to close learning loops and achieve results quickly.
  • Build up and maintain measurement and test setups to verify performance, efficiency and robustness.
  • Contribute to solving technical challenges related with EMC/EMI, thermal management & safety.
  • We offer an exciting job in an international environment where you will get great possibilities to develop further within Hitachi Energy.
  • Living Hitachi Energy’s core values of safety and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business.

Your background

  • You are curious and interested in sustainability and the ongoing energy transition and want to work on key technologies to solve one of the biggest challenges for humanity today.
  • You are a natural team player and enjoy collaborating with others, have a solutions-oriented approach and strong communication skills.
  • You have a MSc or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Electronics or comparable, and at least 5 years of professional experience working in the field.
  • You have proven experience with development processes for power electronic converters or power supplies, and are competent with working with laboratory equipment and converter prototyping and testing.
  • Ideally you can complement this with experience with simulation tools like Spice, SIMetrix, Simulink or PLECS and/or understanding of control theory for power electronics applications.
  • You bring a high level of self-motivation, curiosity and desire to learn about new technologies.
  • As you will be part of a global business, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Location Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland
Job type Full time
Experience Experienced
Job function Engineering & Science
Contract Regular
Publication date 2023-10-23
Reference number R0034402

About Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. 

We employ more than 40,000 people in 90 countries who each day work with purpose and use their different backgrounds to challenge the status quo. We welcome you to apply today and be part of a global team that appreciates a simple truth: Diversity + Collaboration = Great Innovation.