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Research Assistant / Research Associate in Advanced Power Electronics (Fixed Term)

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

Location: Bath
Salary: £29,605 to £44,263 Grade 6 to Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th February 2024
Closes: 7th March 2024
Job Ref: FM11325R

We are recruiting a Research Assistant or Associate to support research work for a collaborative project working with the IAAPS Research Team at the University of Bath.

This is a great opportunity for a Power Electronic Engineer to work in UK’s leading powertrain research group. The project is being conducted in collaboration with a well-known aviation industry partner for their next generation all electrified aircraft. You will be involved in the work package of a novel power electronics converter design for energy storage system, focussing on research, simulation, hardware design and embedded control of high-power density DCDC converter. 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.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis until February 2025. In your application, please include a full CV, including qualifications, publications list and conference presentation where applicable.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Vincent Zeng at xz2478@bath.ac.uk or Professor Xiaoze Pei at xp290@bath.ac.uk. Please ensure you submit your application through our website.

About you:

You should have experience in power electronics and machine drive. You should 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.
  • Hands on experience on prototyping of 20kW above power electronic converters

You will have the attributes to develop into a kind and culturally aware leader who fosters an environment where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity. You will proactively seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the richness and creativity this brings to decision-making and problem-solving. You will remain optimistic in the face of challenges, seeing them as opportunities for growth and innovation.

You will understand that change is inevitable and necessary, actively encouraging those around you to adapt and evolve. By promoting a culture of openness and inclusivity, coupled with a willingness to listen as well as a readiness to embrace change, you will contribute profoundly to a dynamic and empowered team that can thrive in today's rapidly changing world.

Further information:

This role will be based at the University of Bath and involves working alongside the IAAPS Research Team. 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.

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