Vehicle Systems Engineer (KTP Associate)

University of Exeter - Department of Engineering

This post is available for 2 years from September 2017 and will support the work of Prof Chris Smith, Dr Prathyush Menon, Prof John Powell and a KTP programme which is a partnership between University of Exeter and SC Group Ltd.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

SC Group Ltd is an innovative engineering and design company providing global, defence focussed products and services with offices in the UK and Australia.

The successful candidate will work closely with both the company and academic staff to develop new drivetrain, control and associated ancillary systems for a new hybrid-drive high mobility all-terrain vehicle. The intention is that this platform will operate in harsh off-road environments commensurate with SC Group’s existing products and with the intention of fulfilling roles within future defence and civilian applications.

The successful applicant will be able to quickly learn information and skills from research and professional sources, to design new and/or adapt existing systems such as hybrid-drive and control systems, and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.

Applicants will possess a BEng, MEng or Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics or Control Engineering or related discipline and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of automotive systems and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

The successful applicant will be able to work collaboratively with professional engineers and others in the company and with academics in the university, to supervise the work of others, and act as team leader as required. Interviews and assessment will take place on site at SC Group in Dunkeswell, Devon.

Interviews and assessment will take place on site at SC Group in Dunkeswell, Devon. Security clearance will be required.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Prof Chris Smith 01392/01326 723652 or

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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