Control Algorithm Designer (based in Bristol & Holland)
Location: , Outside US (United Kingdom)
Employment Type: Full Time (Experienced)
Job ID: 9700
Control Algorithm Designer (based in Bristol & Holland), ref 1003-14
Our client is the world’s largest independent technical and engineering consultancy
for renewable energy. They are the recognised global authority on onshore and offshore
wind power and also serve the wave, tidal and solar sectors. The company supplies control
system design, software, technology transfer and testing services to the turbine
manufacturers during their prototype turbine development phase. The service is delivered
as consultancy with the intention that the client takes responsibility of series
production adaptation and long term support.
The company is well connected with the UK professional engineering institutions and
encourages staff to acquire chartered engineer status.
An opportunity exists in the Control group for a Control Algorithm Designer. The primary
focus of this role is to design and develop control algorithms for modern commercial wind
turbines. The role is based in the Bristol office with opportunities to work in the
Netherlands after an appropriate induction period at Bristol.
The control team is a part of the turbine design department based in the UK Bristol
offices. The working environment is technically demanding and fast-paced with staff
working across a wide range of active projects and simultaneously planning technology
paths for future work.
The successful candidate will become part of a high calibre multi-disciplinary team which
is sought after in the industry to conduct leading edge prototype development for
renewable energy devices. Relying on agile processes and a high level of expertise this
team has undertaken projects with a huge range of manufacturers and research institutes
around the world and is now widely regarded as the industry’s foremost wind and
marine current turbine control design centre.
Key aspects of the work include:
Analysis of non-linear wind turbine dynamic structures.
Creation of power production control loops for variable speed pitch regulated wind
Iterating non-linear algorithm features and supervisory control policies in conjunction
with non-linear time domain wind turbine simulation tools.
Establishing verifiable trade-offs between structural loads and energy capture.
Generating formal wind turbine certification loads in accordance with prevailing
Providing correspondence and documentation sufficient to explain all aspects of the design
Control algorithm development at GH uses predominantly a combination of in-house tools,
Matlab and Microsoft C/C++ development tools.
The majority of control system contracts are with new or established wind turbine
manufacturers sometimes requiring algorithm design only and sometimes algorithm design,
software and commissioning support. The company is also involved with control algorithm
projects for novel wind and marine technologies, and UK & European Community research
The post would suit an individual with a background in applied mathematics and experience
with control algorithm design in an academic or industrial context.
At least an upper second class degree or equivalent in mathematics, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering or similar numerate subject. Post graduate
Expert knowledge of classical control theory and transfer function analysis.
Good knowledge of modern control theory and state space methods.
Familiarity with linear systems and frequency domain analysis.
Expert Matlab user.
Ability to demonstrate adaptability and swift proficiency in new skills.
Ability to plan and organise own workload.
Ability to communicate concisely and effectively.
English language report writing.
Ability to demonstrate a motivation to move into the rapidly developing world of renewable