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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Powertrain Electrification

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

Location: Bath
Salary: Research Assistant: £27,116 rising to £33,309 per annum. Research Associate: £34,304 rising to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th September 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: CF8638

The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Assistant/Research Associate to support research work for the Advanced Propulsion Centre/Innovate UK funded project.

This is a great opportunity for a Power Electronic Engineer to work on the topic of powertrain electrification in UK’s leading automotive powertrain research group. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the top tier industry partners to deliver a multi-level converter design for high voltage powertrain of Heavy-duty Vehicle. You will be a central member of the team, focussing on research, simulation, hardware design and embedded control of electric drives and power electronic converters. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the delivery of the project work packages, undertaking the research activity under the guidance of the principal investigator.

We expect applicants to possess a suitable degree in relevant subject area and have research experience. Successful applicants will be capable, and willing to carry out work in the following areas:

  • Theoretical understanding and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits, and drive system.
  • Simulation tools of power electronic circuits, such as Matlab-Simulink, PLECS, d-SPACE.
  • Design of AC/DC, DC/DC power conversion stages, including topology selection, magnetic components, gate drivers and thermal design.
  • Build hardware-in-loop testing of power electronic converters and prototypes
  • PhD degree in power electronics and machine drive or an equivalent professional qualification and significant relevant experience where applicable. (Research Associate applicants only)

IAAPS is a leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK. IAAPS has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. The Centre considers its remit to be all of the links in the chain from energy storage to its conversion into mechanical work on board a vehicle.

There is one position available which is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for an expected duration of 12 months. 

For informal enquires please contact Dr Vincent Zeng via email 

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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