Research Associate/Fellow – Electromagnetic Simulation Techniques for Virtual Prototyping of Power Electronics

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Salary: £26,495 to £38,833 per annum, pro rata depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post to work in the Power Electronics Machines and Control Groupat the University of Nottingham.This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and internationally recognised research group with over 100 people working at the leading edge of power electronics technologies.

Power electronics is a £135bn direct global market, growing at a rate of 10% per annum. It is essential to all future sustainable energy scenarios since it is the only technology that can deliver efficient and flexible conversion and conditioning of electrical energy. It finds application in many low-carbon applications including renewable energy generation, smart grids, electric transport (EV, HEVs, rail), aerospace, energy saving motor drives and lighting.

The post is to allow the development of virtual prototyping (simulation) tools for power electronic systems. Work will develop accelerated simulation techniques and code that can predict how the physical design of power electronic systems affects their electrical and thermal performance, with a particular focus on electromagnetic effects. The post is part of a wider research project and the techniques developed will be integrated into a proof-of-concept power electronics simulation tool. Collaboration with researchers working on similar topics at other UK institutions will be required.

Candidates should hold a good honours degree in electrical/electronic engineering, physics, mathematics or a related discipline, and hold or be working towards a PhD in an appropriate field. Previous experience working with power electronics is not essential but some knowledge of these systems would be an advantage. Candidates should have knowledge of numerical methods for electromagnetic simulation and in at least one of the following areas:

  • Computer programming for simulation or modelling applications and a working knowledge of C/C++.
  • Numerical methods for thermal simulation.
  • Modelling and simulation of power electronics or other electrical engineering systems.
  • Software development as part of a team.

Candidates should have the ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary research team and have excellent interpersonal and IT skills.

The post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of two years.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Paul Evans ( Please note that formal applications sent to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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