Research Fellow (Design for Manufacturing - Electric Machines)


Location: Coventry
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 28th January 2020
Closes: 25th February 2020
Reference: 1860093

Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022.

36.5 hours per week.

WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick. We have a great opportunity to join our Power Electronics and Electric Machines Group. You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team with a large number of industrial collaborations delivering projects with varied funding schemes, related to the latest technological developments in high performance electric machines and power electronics systems.

We are looking for a talented researcher to contribute in the field of modelling electric machines, manufacturing, and performance versus cost optimisation in a project funded by an Asian OEM.

Our ambition is to enable optimum design, manufacture, and materials processing/selection improving the performance of electric machines. In particular, there will be a focus on modelling performance together with the consideration of manufacturing processes, including cost considerations at early stages of the design process.

Ideally with a background in manufacturing of high volume products and/or design of electric machines, you will develop a high degree of expertise in both areas. You will have the extensive research facilities and expertise of the Electric Machines and Power Electronics Group at your disposal to deliver research activities including:

  • Modelling and design of electric machines considering manufacturing processes
  • Characterisation of electric machines – component and motor performance
  • Mechanical design (including concept and tolerance details)
  • Manufacturing process design
  • Development of novel design-for-manufacturing software tools

There is some flexibility in the areas of specialism sought from the successful candidate since a multi-competence is needed for the activities. You possess an honours degree (2.1 or above) and a doctoral degree in engineering/scientific disciplines relevant for the project. You have a growth mind set and the drive to tackle research or practical challenges on your own and as a team member, with developed communication and collaboration skills to provide the interface between industry, other academics and the project management. You will play a key role in the successful execution of the project, transferring state-of-art knowledge to the industrial partner.

In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and 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 (£30,046). 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 (£30,942).

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Juliette Soulard by email to

Interview date: 18 March 2020.

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