Principal Engineer Modelling Systems Architect - (106861- 0123) . Job Reference: 1889841

University of Warwick
February 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:£53,353 - £61,823
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£53,353 - £61,823 per annum


University Of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Indefinite Contract, 36.5 hours per week.

WMG are seeking an experienced researcher with an excellent understanding of the modelling of battery packs as part of an overall system. This role exists to define the approach of battery systems modelling across the multiple domains, length scales and time scales required to be able to model a complete battery system to answer real world industrial concept questions. The modelling of a battery pack can be achieved at a range of fidelities and computational complexities, however in many cases the models used relate to a limited number of domains, for example, electrical and thermal, ageing, mechanical, safety, reliability.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in using a range of battery modelling packages (such as Matlab/Simulink, COMSOL, Fluent, AMESim, Modelica, Python, Ansys, Star CCM+, Altair etc.) together with excellent battery pack multi-physics modelling capabilities from problem definition through model concept to validation.

In return we will provide you with a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC

Job Description


To work on a portfolio of modelling projects in collaboration with industry partners. To ensure a shared approach to model definition, development and validation across multiple projects and deliver added value for current industrial partners whilst actively seeking future collaborations. To define the approach of battery systems modelling across the multiple domains, length scales and time scales required to be able to model a complete battery system to answer real world concept questions. This in turn will lead to eventual manufacturing benefit for UK industry in the form of improved products and improved understanding of the effect of manufacturing processes on real word performance. The models are also expected to be used to define the manufacturing process requirements.


Project Specific Responsibilities.

• To lead the battery pack model development process, including requirements definition, model documentation and consideration of the different approaches to model validation across a range of projects:

• Highlight industrial and manufacturing needs from a range of stakeholders and electrification sectors and define a CAE strategy for battery pack development based on these combined requirements

• Evaluate commercially available toolchains against defined requirements metrics

•Highlight areas of future research and develop a plan to deliver research in these areas


1. Conduct in depth research and development into battery pack system modelling and provide strategic leadership in this area. This will involve comprehensive literature review, benchmarking and reviwewing other sources as well as arranging meetings with senior management representatives and technical specialists from industry technology providers (suppliers to the industry), academic staff within WMG, and other university departments. To prioritise requests from various stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of the research programmes and to benefit WMG.

2. To design and facilitate collaborator workshops to capture and define research opportunities and ensure that a detailed work programme exists to generate the research outcomes within the agreed time frame.

3. Develop an appropriate methodology for incorporating novel multi-domain (chemical, electrical, thermal, mechanical, control) battery pack level modelling into the research programme to support the decision-making processes of UK manufacturing. This will require engagement with sector and subject matter specialists at all levels of employment to understand the current industry practice and latest international standards and legislative directives. To prepare detailed activity specifications, liaise with the university finance and purchasing departments and generate appropriate selection criteria in order to purchase any additional external or subcontract support, computer software or capital equipment necessary to deliver the project outputs.

4. To provide comprehensive direction and support to WMG and industrial partners, representing WMG as a credible expert on all aspects of multiple projects. Lead at senior management meetings as required ensuring that appropriate input is given, and outcomes are reported to the project manager and others within the research team in a timely manner.

5. To work with WMG academics to identify the challenges and needs faced by industry in order to identify, pursue and successfully secure additional funding. To establish collaborative research activities with partner organisations and to actively seek new industrial and academic partners.

6. To support the publication of research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets.

7. To attend and present research and project findings at professional conferences and contribute to the external visibility and profile of the department.

8. Assist with the development and delivery of training materials to disseminate and embed knowledge within project partners.

9. Develop plans to ensure that the business outputs agreed with the funding bodies are achieved within the agreed timescales and reported on a regular basis

10. Represent the university and WMG at national and international events and report outcomes to the Project Manager and others within the research group in a timely manner.

11. To be responsible for the activities occurring in the project workshops.

12. To provide co-supervision of Research Students to doctoral level to ensure industrial relevance and applicability.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

A Degree in a relevant engineering / scientific discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Significant experience in using a range of battery modelling packages (such as Matlab/Simulink, COMSOL, Fluent, AMESim, Modelica, Python, Ansys, Star CCM+, Altair etc). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Excellent battery pack multi-physics simulation capabilities from problem definition through model concept to validation within a relevant industrial sector. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

A good understanding of model integration methods, including co-simulation, model exchange, and the use of standards such as FMI. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

The ability to analyse and solve complex battery problems with multiple stakeholders from both industry and academia. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to identify key areas of innovation and research for batteries within the wider transportation sector, and propose a strategy to meet those needs. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to influence and negotiate in a confident and professional manner, with excellent communication skills, (written and verbal) to interface appropriately with students, academics, and industrial collaborators at all levels. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to generate high quality technical papers for peer reviewed journals. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Experience of working in collaborative, ideally research, projects. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Proven ability to correctly prioritise a broad range of requests from multiple customers, both internal and external, and deliver accordingly. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 11

Able to work independently as well as part of a team, managing workloads of self and the team you are line managing. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Professional membership of an appropriate professional institute e.g. IMechE. (a)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the WMG department, please visit the departmental website.

For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website at WMG :: High Value Manufacturing Catapult (

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We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

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Closing Date

2 Feb 2023

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