Research Assistant/Associate - Development of Superconducting Permanent Magnets for Electric Motors

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

West Cambridge

Grade 5 £25,728-£29,799

Grade 7 £30,688-£38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2020 in the first instance.

A Research Assistant/Associate is sought to work on a new 3-year EU Horizon 2020 project, Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator (ASuMED,  This project seeks to develop a fully superconducting motor prototype suited to future electric aircraft. The Research Associate will work in the Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group (ASCG) in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy which is a core partner and one of 10 partners in the project consortium. Other partners include Oswald Elektromotoren, Rolls-Royce and Karsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT).

The role of ASCG in the project is to develop superconducting composite permanent magnets (SCPMs) as rotor field poles for motors. These magnets take the form of stacks of high temperature superconducting (HTS) tape which once magnetised produce a persistent high magnetic field. The project will address numerous unexplored challenges in implementing these types of superconducting magnets into a motor. This will allow their integration into a fully superconducting prototype to be designed and built by the consortium as a whole.

There is some flexibility in the aspects of the project that the candidate will contribute to, but duties will likely include the following: modifications to experimental test rigs for characterising SCPMs, measuring the electromagnetic properties of SCPMs including trapped fields, and exploring rotor designs for motors that would have SCPMs rather than conventional rare-earth magnets. Training can be given in certain areas.

Experience is preferred in two or more of the following topics gained during PhD or postdoctoral work:

- Applications of HTS tape

- FEM multiphysics modelling of electromagnetism (ideally in COMSOL Multiphysics and including superconductors)

- Design and construction of measurement systems including electronics and software development

- Electric motors and/or power electronics

- Cryogenic engineering

The candidate should have obtained or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant subject.

The candidate must be an excellent team member as they will be required to work closely with two other postdoctoral researchers on the project and related research. They will attend project meetings in Europe, and international conferences.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload a covering letter, CV and publications list.

Further information and scientific details may be obtained from Professor Bartek Glowacki ( or Dr Anup Patel ( Further details about the research group can be found online (

Please quote reference LJ13589 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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