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Principal Power Electronics Controls Engineer

Company: Rivian Automotive
Location: Carson
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:


  • Develop, validate, and enhance various power electronics products for onboard and offboard, grid-tied and stationary energy applications.
  • Evaluate circuit topologies and circuit components through simulation and analysis.
  • Outline controller specifications based on the application requirements.
  • Develop and implement innovative system- and component-level control algorithms for a variety of power electronics applications.
  • Test, validate, and troubleshoot the implemented control algorithms in simulation and on HW target.
  • Develop detailed power electronics models to investigate and verify the controller algorithms robustness and performance across the entire operating space.
  • Define subsystem- and system-level tests to validate the newly implemented algorithms and their interactions with the existing features.
  • Work closely in a collaborative environment with the system, electrical, and software engineering teams to achieve the required performance of the power converters across the operating range.


    • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering specialized in power electronics or controls (MS + 17 years, PhD + 15 years, with minimum of 10 years working as a design or team lead).
    • Solid background in power electronics controls with strong analytical skills. Deep understanding of control theory and operating principles of AC/DC and DC/DC resonant converter topologies (Vienna, Totem Pole, DAB, LLC, and CLLC).
    • History of working through ambiguity and developing robust algorithms from a clean sheet, including software architecture, implementation, integration, and test.
    • Proven ability to develop, implement, and verify control algorithms for switching power converters in both simulation environments and hardware.
    • Expert in MATLAB/Simulink. Experience with modeling power converters in offline (MATLAB/Simulink, PLECS) and real-time simulation platforms (Opal-RT, Typhoon HIL).
    • Programming experience in C/C++, and Python. Capability of delivering high-quality code in an embedded microcontroller environment.
    • Ability to thrive under pressure and time constraints, highly motivated, self-starter with great attention to details

Keywords: Rivian Automotive, Carson , Principal Power Electronics Controls Engineer, Engineering , Carson, California

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