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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,406 to £50,296 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 27th October 2021
Job Ref: 8603

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
The Newcastle University School of Engineering and our partner Dyson are excited to offer an opportunity for an experienced research professional to join a team of dedicated engineers on a five-year EPSRC project. The project will examine electrical drives and the control of novel high-speed, high-efficiency motors, with research outputs directly feeding into the next generation of Dyson consumer products.

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. You will have extensive experience of academic research, large collaborative projects and strategic leadership. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the critical aspect of electrical machines. You will hold a PhD in the field of electric drives or power electronics, may have Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or an equivalent level of experience. You will be based at Newcastle University, but will regularly visit Dyson, with short work spells based in their UK offices and secondment opportunities to overseas research institutions.

We are the UK's largest academic research group in Electrical Power, involved in activities from Nano Watts to Giga Watts. Through our state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities, our activities are highly cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary. We are well known for our high level of industrial engagement.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post available immediately until 22.09.2025.

For informal queries please contact Prof. Barrie Mecrow

Key Accountabilities
Candidates applying for the Research Associate post (Grade F) would be expected to meet the requirements of the Research Role Profiles (see above), meet all the essential criteria, and may meet some of the desirable criteria described below.

Candidates applying for the Senior Research Associate post (Grade G) would be expected to meet the requirements of the Research Role Profiles (see above), meet all the essential criteria, and have experience relevant to many of the desirable criteria described below.

  • Co-supervision of postgraduate researchers.
  • Strategic leadership of the drives research element of a large project.
  • Coordinating, writing and presenting of industrial reports and professional papers for publication and to our industrial partners.
  • Contribution to the teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • The simulation, design, construction and test of power electronic circuits.
  • The use and programming of embedded controllers.
  • The use of wide band-gap devices in fast switching converters and drives.
  • The commissioning and testing of advanced electric drives.

For a candidates appointed at Senior Research Associate level there will also be:

  • The day to day management of research associates.


  • PhD award within the research area of electrical drives or closely related field.
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or work leading to such a qualification or equivalent.


  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD).
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