Research Fellow


Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,301 to £38,183 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 29th September 2016
Closes: 30th October 2016
Reference: 1596515

Fixed term end date 30 April 2018.

You will join an internationally leading research team within WMG comprising of four academics and over 20 full-time research staff. The Electrical and Energy Systems Group specialises in multidisciplinary research addressing the challenges of sustainable mobility that include the integration of complex electrical systems, energy storage and management and advanced propulsion.

This position is funded through a recently awarded European H2020 research project. The consortium is led by Italian Motorcycle manufacturer Piaggio, in collaboration with a number of leading European engineering and research organisations that includes, BOSCH, KTM AG, Magnetic Marelli, Ricardo Deutschland GmbH, IDIADA and the University of Warwick – WMG. This is an exciting opportunity for you to significantly expand your technical skills within the strategically important areas of vehicle electrification and control system design. You will work closely with senior WMG research staff and industry practitioners (specially from: Piaggio, KTM AG, IDIADA and Magnetic Marelli).

You will be responsible for designing new computer simulation models and the control algorithms that are required to realise the next generation of more energy efficient motorcycles and scooters. You will be able to evidence your capability in the area of model-based control engineering, including the use of software packages such as MATLAB, Simulink and dSPACE. Experience of modelling, testing and designing control systems for both powertrain and vehicle dynamic systems will be a distinct advantage. You will have effective communication skills, be flexible, and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. As part of this project there may be a requirement for you to spend short periods of time (each visit may be between 1-2 weeks in duration) working within another European country to gather requirements for the control system and/or to support vehicle testing and control system verification.

You will hold a Masters level qualification, have undertaken complimentary research as part your PhD/EngD study and potentially be able to demonstrate your capability through appropriate industrial experience.

If you require further information about this position, please contact Dr James Marco ( for an informal discussion.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301 pa).

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.