Research Assistant in Compressor Design and Testing (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Assistant in Compressor Design and Testing (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,715, rising to £32,817 Per Annum for duration of contract

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Thursday 12 September 2019

Closing date Thursday 10 October 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7092

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The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Assistant to support research work for High Performance Electric Compressor (HiComp2) project.

This project is looking into the modelling and testing of high performance electric compressor on a bus. This is a joint project with several industry partners. The Research Assistant will be expected to support the delivery of the project work packages.

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.

Applicants should possess a suitable degree in subject area of direct relevance for the project, and have some research experience. Applicants should have some knowledge of turbomachinery parametric design optimisation using CFD coupled to algorithms in Matlab. Experience of involvement in major collaborative research programmes would also be highly beneficial. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess technical communication skills. Please refer to Job Description for detailed requirement.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expected expiry date of 31 July 2021.

The University of Bath holds Silver Award for Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.  


You will also be entitled to a very generous 19.5% employer contributory pension (8.8% employee contributions) as well as the following employee benefits: 

  • 39 days holiday pro-rata, (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays)
  • A flexible working environment
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Interest-free loans for public transport seasons tickets and motorcycle purchases for commuting
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Discounted physiotherapy service

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Colin Copeland via email

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.