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Research Fellow (Railway Traction Systems)

University of Birmingham - School of Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th June 2024
Closes: 27th June 2024
Job Ref: 103884

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974

Contract Type: Fixed term contract up to June 2025

Closes: 27/06/2024

Role Summary

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) is Europe’s largest academic-based group delivering railway science and education. With over 130 academics, researchers and professional support staff, BCRRE provides world class research and thought leadership within railways and offers an expanding portfolio of high-quality education programmes. BCRRE is the lead partner in the £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and the University of Birmingham is also home to one of UKRRIN’s four Centres of Excellence, the Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems (CEDS). More information can be found on our website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/railway/index.aspx 

This role will support the work of the Railway Traction Systems group in the University of Birmingham. The post holder will create and contribute to the creation of new knowledge of the integration of energy storage and renewables in transport systems by ideating, designing, and testing new power converters and control with simulations and experimental prototypes.

The post holder will work within a specified research grant and projects within the specialism of the West Midlands Digital Twin project with Network Rail, and contribute to writing bids. They will analyse and interpret research findings and results and contribute to generating funding. They will also contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP) and public understanding of the discipline.

Person Specification

  • Hold, or close to completion of, a PhD in a subject relevant to BCRRE’s research area, or equivalent qualifications/research experience
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Stuart Hillmansen s.hillmansen@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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