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How will you be involved

You will be expected to lead high-impact research programmes, provide excellent postgraduate research supervision, and deliver high-quality teaching. The successful candidates will make a major contribution in developing our portfolio of high-quality collaborative research in the electrified propulsion field. Therefore, we are interested in candidates with a proven track record in electrified propulsion of passenger cars, with a particular focus on the system level considerations. Broader experience of the wider automotive propulsion landscape will be advantageous.

Applications from industry or academic backgrounds are welcomed, particularly with expertise in battery systems (including battery pack design, energy management and BMS), electric vehicle drives (including power electronics and inverter design), motor design, and electric vehicle powertrain systems engineering. One of our key areas of activity has always been the development of new experimental and simulation techniques and these areas come together as the electric vehicle industry moves towards a more digital product development process. It is important for these appointments to help shape the development of new approaches, combining advanced research with novel experimental approaches to design the next generation of electric vehicle powertrain. 

It is essential that the successful candidates for senior level appointments have a proven capacity to work with industry partners to secure funding for, and deliver, large research collaborations. We expect that the ideal candidates will collectively have an extensive network of close contacts within the industry and academic communities, both in the UK and internationally. Successful candidates for Lecturer appointments should have strong potential or an emerging profile in these areas. 

This new research group will form part of the new £70m laboratory complex currently under construction, a key element of the Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS). The facilities are truly state-of-the-art and provide a unique capability to conduct advanced propulsion systems research. The Institute builds on 40 years of continuous propulsion research and education at the University including the new EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, which over the next five years will provide at least 86 fully funded studentships for a four-year combined training and research programme leading to an MPhil and PhD. The successful candidates will play a leading role in the delivery of the CDT and supervision of doctoral students. 

Candidates will develop and lead innovative new teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Mechanical, and Electronic and Electrical Engineering Departments. These programmes will train and inspire the next generation of versatile and talented engineers needed to energise the electric propulsion sector and will include new courses on Automotive Engineering and Electric Vehicle Design. We have a long history of high-quality education (consistently ranked in the top 5 in the UK) with a strong emphasis on design thinking - an ideal environment to develop exciting new approaches to learning in disciplines linked to current research that will enable the transition of the propulsion sector to a sustainable future. 

The current automotive propulsion research academic team has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects and has long-established collaborations with industrial partners. These new appointments are expected to benefit from, and contribute to, this strong industry partnership and will also have the freedom to explore fundamental research interests.