Research Fellow in Precision Calorimetry for Electrical Machines


Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 16th February 2018
Closes: 25th March 2018
Reference: 1715045

Fixed Term Contract for 2 years

An exciting opportunity has been created within WMG for a talented researcher to join the Electric Machines and Power Electronics Research Group to be involved in research on next generation traction motors, key components in the drive train of future electric vehicles (EVs). Motors for EVs require high performance in terms of volumetric power density and efficiency, the latter depending on a deep understanding of the origin of losses in a machine. Calorimetry provides the means of making precision measurements to ascertain, for example, the effects of manufacturing methods on core losses.

Our ambition is to develop, within the EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership with Jaguar LandRover, a leading facility for the characterisation of electrical machines. This provides a great opportunity to develop your collaborative research skills, and to build your own professional network within this specialist area.

With a background in testing electrical machines you will have the extensive facilities of the Electrical Machines and Power Electronics Groups at your disposal to carry out the activities associated with this project including:

  • Design and construction of a precision calorimeter, based on earlier successful designs.
  • Setting up accurate instrumentation and calibration of the calorimeter.
  • Characterisation of prototype electrical machines, including providing appropriate loads.
  • Knowledge of modelling of losses in electrical machines.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering or similar, and have evidence of a developing academic career. There is some flexibility in the areas of specialism sought from the successful candidate.

The Department would however be particularly interested in the candidate being able to contribute in the area of electrical machines for future electric vehicles, in areas such as;

  • Design and construction of scientific apparatus.
  • Precision measurement techniques and data logging.
  • Testing of electrical machines.
  • Modelling of losses in electrical machines.
  • Electrical drives.

In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799).

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Richard McMahon (

Closing date: 25 March 2018

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.