Research Assistant/Research Associate in Advanced Boosting and Internal Combustion Engine Technology

Job title Research Assistant/Research Associate in Advanced Boosting and Internal Combustion Engine Technology

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,715, rising to £40,322 Per Annum

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 22 January 2020

Closing date Wednesday 19 February 2020

Interview date Monday 02 March 2020

Reference CF7411


The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Assistant/Research Associate in Advanced Boosting and Internal Combustion Engine Technology to be part of the JLR and Bath Boosting and Dilution Centre of Excellence. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing specific support to the Centre of Excellence which aims to develop a deeper understanding into advanced internal combustion engine technologies for improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. The work will be focused on new combustion systems and boosting system technologies.

This project will give a unique opportunity to integrate both a growing university research team and a leading automotive OEM.  The IAAPS is a leading institute for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK. The IAAPS has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. The Institute 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, or an equivalent professional qualification, in subject area of direct relevance for the project and have significant research or experience. Applicants should have some experience of data acquisition, development of engine hardware and/or engine operation. Experience of delivery and involvement in collaborative research programmes with industry partners and OEMs would also be highly beneficial. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess time management and technical communication skills. See individual Job Description for detailed specification.

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 1st January 2021. Flexible working options will be considered wherever possible.

Salary Scale

  • Research Assistant- starting from £26,715, rising to £32,817
  • Research Associate- starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Prof Sam Akehurst via email

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
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.