PhD Studentship: Improved SOC & SOH estimation for long series string lithium cell for high power automotive applications

University of South Wales

The University of South Wales (USW) has the following PhD scholarship available for suitably qualified UK/EU graduates. The project is funded by the USW Centenary Scholarship Scheme and will be based in the Centre for Automotive & Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) at the University of South Wales. The project is co-sponsored by one of the world’s most innovative, leading automotive technology company Mclaren Applied Technologies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue a significant scientific and engineering ambition to develop an applicable algorithm to improve the SoC and SoH estimation for long series string lithium cells for high power automotive applications.

Programme of research:

The centre for Automotive & Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) at the University of South Wales has a leading UK position for applied research in alternative power systems. As part of this, energy storage solutions have formed a key focus which has been highlighted in the recent research work at CAPSE which have looked at novel modelling techniques for various battery chemistries, as well as methods for improvements in estimation for state of health, charge and functionality. Additionally in parallel with this but separately the centre has through contract research directly with industry been working on the development of several new energy storage solutions, one of which is focused on hybrid vehicle applications. These products when combined with the benefits of the research have the potential to deliver a true ground breaking combined solution. Therefore with this in mind this project will look at the potential long term benefits for improved SOC and SOH estimation using new innovative methods for high voltage (long battery string) designs. In doing so delivering the potential for significant improvements for performance in peak power and energy storage. Additionally also extending cycle life and operating environment capabilities.

The successful candidate will be supported by industrial supervision from the Mclaren Applied Technologies and by academics at USW. Linkage to existing projects will give the successful candidate access to a larger network of researchers and industrial interests.


The studentship will cover the fees for a 3-year full-time PhD programme and pay a stipend of £15k per annum. There is also a small budget for consumables, minor equipment, training and conference attendance.

For further information please contact:

Mr.Jonathan Williams ( or Dr. Kary Thanapalan The successful candidate would join a vibrant research Centre CAPSE which has a leading UK position for applied research in alternative power systems.


Home/EU graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should hold either a first-class or upper second class degree or an MSc in a relevant scientific or engineering subject and be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop scientific techniques. Applicants should have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills and have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate science. Applicants should be willing to travel and work in industrial settings


Please visit University Graduate Research Office webpages: Please select MPhil/PhD (Electronic Engineering) when applying. Please note: a research proposal is not required.

The closing date for applications is 12th January 2017.

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