Research Associate in Control

University College London - UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering

We wish to recruit a Research Associate from 1st January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, to join a project that is led by Jaguar Landrover Ltd and has been funded by Innovate UK. This multi-partner industry-university consortium is entitled ' Combining brake & propulsion systems into "Integrated Torque Actuators Units "'. From a vehicle efficiency perspective, foundation brake systems exhibit a number of suboptimal characteristics;

  1. Off-brake residual drag torque (RDT) is significant (2-5 Nm per brake parasitic loss).
  2. Disc cooling requirements limit the opportunity to optimise wheels aerodynamically.
  3. Component mass is significant on an overall vehicle scale.
  4. Brake wear emissions are a predominant emission source on Electric vehicles.

The project aims to transcend these compromises by integrating electric motors with drastically down-sized friction brakes into a single synergised inboard assembly. The Research Associate will be based in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL and will provide expertise to the wider project in the area of modelling and vehicle motion control.

The post is available for a period of two years in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available.

Applicants should have (or be about to submit) a PhD in the area of control engineering as well as a first degree in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics or physical sciences. Applicants should also have experience with simulation and performance validation in the Matlab environment and experience with controller and / or observer design for non linear and complex processes is also requried. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD, if this is not the case then initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (£30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections.

UCL vacancy reference: 1700575

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 - £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the post to Professor Sarah Spurgeon ( For any questions regarding the application process please contact Vicky Coombes (

Interview Date: TBC

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