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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Friday 23 September 2022

Closing date Tuesday 18 October 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9847

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Would you like to join the leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK? The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Associate. We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated researcher to support our EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership, "Centre of Excellence in Hybrid Thermal Propulsion Systems" in collaboration with Oxford University, Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens Digital Industries.

The project aim is to develop a high efficiency hydrogen fuelled Internal Combustion Engine. Specifically we are looking for candidates with  experience in modelling and experimental validation of

  • Low  and High grade waste heat management and recovery technologies
  • Boosting systems and air path design
  • Multi-cylinder engine concept testing

Responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to the design and execution of the project e.g. timetabling and meeting project milestones; participating in regular discussions with collaborative partners. Generate, collect and analyse existing data related to the project using qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
  • Writing up results of research and contributing to the publication of results in high-quality peer-reviewed academic literature.
  • Disseminating results of research project as appropriate to the discipline through activities such as
  • Participate in departmental/group meetings and prepare and deliver presentations/seminars to project team, internal and external stakeholders or funders.
  • Assist with the supervision of postgraduate students and undergraduate project students associated with the Prosperity Partnership
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism to inform research activity.

We value, promote and celebrate inclusion, challenging discrimination and putting equality, diversity and belonging at the heart of everything we do. We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged.

This position is advertised full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis from November 2022 with an expected end date or 31/05/2025. 

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Prof. Sam Akehurst (s.akehurst@bath.ac.uk)

These roles will be split between the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath Claverton Down Campus and our new IAAPS research facility at the Bristol and Bath science park.

The department of Mechanical Engineering is  a welcoming Department dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all to study and work in. We have a reputation for outstanding teaching, innovative research and collaborative links with industry. We have over 100 academic and research staff, 1000 undergraduate students and 200 postgraduate students.

We strive to attract and select the brightest minds to be part of our team. In this role you will be working within a highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary research team, within and external to the University. It is important to us that you can work in a way that reflects the values we believe in.  

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:

     - Relocation Procedure

     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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:

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