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Research Associate in Electric Aircraft (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Electric Aircraft (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 09 May 2022

Closing date Sunday 03 July 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9371

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The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Associate to support research work for a collaborative project.

About the role:

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. You 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, with an expected end date of 01 January 2024. 

About you:

You should possess a PhD degree in power electronics and machine drive. You must 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

About us:

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.

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Vincent Zeng via email xz2478@bath.ac.uk.

In your application, please include a full CV, including qualifications, publications list and conference presentation. Please be aware that during the shortlisting process we only see the responses to your questions, and supplementary information is only available to us after shortlisting. Therefore, please try to answer the shortlisting questions as fully as possible.

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.

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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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.