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Research Associate in Mechatronic Systems for Electric Machines (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Mechatronic Systems for Electric Machines (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Thursday 24 November 2022

Closing date Sunday 01 January 2023

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF10014

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Our team within Mechnical Engineerring in looking for a Research Associate. The role involves leading the University of Bath's research on a European project, which will consist of designing a novel mechatronic system aimed at improving electric machines used in electric vehicles. The system is a mechanical switching device that reconfigures the arrangement of the motor windings depending on the motor operating point, with the ultimate goal of improving power density and efficiency and/or lowering cost.

The role will therefore be very varied and highly multidisciplinary, requiring mechanical design of an actuated system, study of thermal management aspects, electrical characterisation, design of a basic actuation control strategy, and practical aspects of building and testing the system, from small-scale benchtop tests through to full power dynamometer testing with an automotive traction motor.

The research will be disseminated in high-impact journals and key international conferences.

This position is full-time (36.5 hours) from April 2023 with an expected duration of 33 months.

About the Department

The successful applicant will be working within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and within the IAAPS research group. The University of Bath has been named the 2023 University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is consistently in the top 5 nationally and benefits from a wide range of facilities and research strengths. The IAAPS research group is a thriving community of researchers working on low carbon transport propulsion technologies, and includes an academic team based at the University as well as an industry-facing team based at the new £70m facility at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The academic team includes over 12 academics, 20 post-doctoral researchers and 50 PhD research students.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Christopher Vagg crmv20@bath.ac.uk.

What we can offer you

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

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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. 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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