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EngD Studentship: Innovative Methodology for the Complete Virtual Design, Simulation and Optimisation of a Future Electric Vehicle Powertrain

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

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Warwick
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,500 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th October 2019
Closes: 17th December 2019

Supporting Company: Altair UK

WMG, University of Warwick and Altair Engineering 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 unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities.  While you will be based at WMG and Altair Engineering, you will also spend time at Cranfield and Exeter 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.


This fully funded EngD studentship represents a unique opportunity to undertake advanced modelling, simulation and optimisation research in close partnership with Altair Engineering. Exploiting the advanced simulation tools provided by Altair and the experimental facilities within the WMG Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), the focus of this research will be to define an innovative methodology for the complete virtual design, simulation and optimisation of a future electric vehicle (EV) powertrain. It is expected that the simulation methodology will be generic and transferable to different EV technology domains. However, its validation will focus on two “case-studies” that crosscut the vehicle’s battery system and eMotor.

Battery System

The battery system research, will focus on accurately modelling the interdependencies that exist between battery thermal and electrical behaviour; the management of which are critical for the safe and robust operation of the vehicle. The challenge is to integrate key properties of the battery, thermal design and packaging solution within the unifying simulation methodology.


This project aims to develop state-of-art capability to predict performance of eMotors. The developed models will include the effect of critical machine operating environment parameters such as temperature, mechanical stress and voltages with harmonic contents on material properties leading to significant impact on electromagnetic behaviour of the eMotors.

Entry Requirements


Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a combination of the following areas: experimental design, mathematical modelling, thermodynamics, electrical or electrochemical engineering.


  • 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 currently open to Home/EU students only.

The Studentship

Qualifying students receive 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 Altair Engineering. For 2019/20 this totals approximately £20,500 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.

Further details about the programme are available on our CDT website


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

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