EngD Studentship: Automotive Transmission Control System Test Development for Enhanced Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Reduction

University of Warwick - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Supporting Company: AVL/PTE UK

WMG, University of Warwick and AVL/PTE UK are seeking a top-class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield. As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at the University of Warwick and AVL/PTE, you will also spend time at Exeter and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace. This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.


The use of virtual design and validation tools enhances the efficiency of the vehicle development process. However, the process requires improvement of the test methodology and experimental validation to fully exploit the potential benefits. The successful candidate will undertake research that is focussed on:

  • To develop new test methodologies to validate new energy efficient transmission control system designs (e.g. the model-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop techniques)
  • To investigate new actuation strategies to further reduce vehicle fuel economy
  • To undertake new vehicle efficiency simulation methods to enhance vehicle design

Business Need and Opportunity

Within the automotive sector, one of the main drivers for development and innovation is the need to reduce fuel consumption and the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). Legislative requirements are motivating manufacturers to develop innovative technologies to concurrently improve sustainability while continuing to meet strict demands for cost reduction, quality, functionality and safety. A key enabling technology is the design and validation of the vehicle’s transmission control system.

Entry Requirements


Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject (e.g. electrical, electronic, mechatronics and automotive). Candidates must be able to evidence a strong capability in control system and system simulation using Matlab.


  • High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
  • Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
  • Enthusiasm for the subject

Due to funding regulations, this project is open to Home/EU students only.

The Studentship

Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from AVL/PTE. For 2017 this totals approximately £19,000 tax free per annum.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.


To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Share this PhD
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:



Midlands of England