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Research Associate in Cryogenic Power Electronics for Electric Aircraft (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate in Cryogenic Power Electronics for Electric Aircraft (fixed term)

Department Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 25 May 2022

Closing date Monday 27 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9476

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We are seeking an exceptional Research Associate to work as part of a collaborative project with Airbus and Universities. You will be central members of the team and the objective is to deliver a high-power density cryogenic power electronics converter and cryogenic hybrid DC circuit breaker for large-scale electric aircraft. 

You will be motivated and looking for a challenging opportunity in the electrification of aviation and will be able to communicate and work collaboratively with the academic and industrial partners in this large consortium project. You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or relevant areas. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the delivery of the project work packages, undertaking the research activity under the guidance of the principal investigator.

About the role and expertise requested:

You will focus on the design, fabrication and testing of high-power cryogenic power electronics converter and hybrid DC circuit breaker. You will have prior expertise in design and testing of high-power power electronics converter, motor drive, solid-state circuit breaker or mechanical DC circuit breaker. Knowledge of electromagnetic, thermal, PCB design and mechanical design is essential.

For more information:

There is one position available which is full time (36.5 hours per week) and are being offered on a fixed term contract basis for an expected duration of 24 months. In your application please include a full CV, including publications list and qualifications.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Xiaoze Pei by email at

The Department of Electronical and Electrical Engineering holds a Bronze Award for the Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

What we can offer you:

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. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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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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Further details:

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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.