Project Engineer: Safety Assurance, Intelligent Vehicles, Verification and Validation (106906-0123) . Job Reference: 1889924

University of Warwick
January 31, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,348 to £42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional




£32,348 to £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed Term Contract (Ends 31/03/2025), 36.5 hours per week (1.0 x FTE)

About The V &V Team

WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick, one of the world's leading research and education groups with state- of-the-art technologies. WMG hosts one of the seven centres for High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult.

The verification and validation (V&V) team at WMG are undertaking a programme of research and engineering across the verification and validation spectrum. The physical world of mobility and infrastructure are merging with the digital world of simulation, AI, software, and data. With the emergence of evermore complex systems comes evermore complex challenges. Chief among these challenges, that of assuring safety.

The V&V team is recruiting for a Project Engineer position in the area of Safety Assurance. This role will involve the development and application of novel safety-assurance approaches including identifying safety metrics, coverage analysis, pass/ fail criteria, safety case and safety argument. The role will involve the application of scenario-based testing approaches for Connected and Autonomous mobility systems, including scenario generation, operational design domain, using scenario definition languages, use of simulation for testing and in-depth knowledge of ontological concepts in testing. The role is part of a wider team which includes experts in scenario generation, languages and simulation-based testing and this role will involve close cooperation with this wider team.

You will work in collaboration with industry and academic partners. Engineering experience will be required along with your well-developed communication and collaboration skills to assist working independently and as part of a team. The ability to be flexible with your work will be an important part of the role. You will also be responsible for project delivery and providing regular updates to your line manager and WMG's Verification and Validation leadership team.

The group is globally recognised, with the research and engineering team siting on global standards committees as the UK representative (i.e. ISO TC 204/WG14 and ISO TC22/ SC33/ WG9), being lead author of a proposed international standard on self-driving shuttles/ pods, and contributing to many more standards (i.e. ASAM OpenLABEL, BSI 1889 & BSI 1883). Along with having developed the world's largest public database of test scenarios for CAV's, Safetypool™, and leading on one pillar of the UK Governments pioneering CAM Test Bed programme, Midlands Future Mobility.

What We Offer

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

Job Purpose

The challenges that the V&V team are addressing are complex and multi- disciplinary. You'll have a passion for technology and engineering and be able to demonstrate a growth mind set. You will be employed to work on variety of CAV V&V projects including an EU Horizon funded programme, in collaboration with industry and academic partners.

You will conceptualise, architect, implement and successfully lead applied research and engineering activities in the area of Safety Assurance of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

You will enhance the impact of the research and engineering activities via publications, networking, PR-communications, standardisation/ regulatory work, and broad stakeholder engagement.

You will be a team player, willing to constrictively receive and provide critical assessments of work. You will act as leader internally and externally in your area of domain expertise.

Project Specific Responsibilities

• To conduct in-depth research into Safety Assurance of CAVs. • To help in proving and generating evidence from end-to-end scenario-based testing work flows • To input into discussions at various standardisation forums e.g. BSI, SAE, ISO etc.


1. To conceptualise and implement a scalable safety assurance process for CAVs incorporating concepts of Operational Design Domain (ODDs).

2. To define system safety and functional safety processes for CAVs, compliant with various industry standards e.g., ISO 26262, ISO 21448 and ISO TR 4804.

3. To developing and applying novel approaches to proving the safety case, such as identifying safety metrics and coverage analysis.

4. To developing and apply pass/ Fail criteria and interface with and implementation.

5. To conduct inductive and deductive safety and failure analysis such FMEA, FTA, FMEDA, HAZOP, STPA at all architecture levels.

6. To take ownership and responsibility for the technical and managerial delivery of work packages and tasks as assigned to you by the leadership team.

7. To be actively involved in discussions on various international standardisation forums e.g. BSI, ASAM, ISO, SAE.

8. To manage research aspects of the project including contributing to academic publications, technical reports and other presentations and dissemination methods.

9. To assist with the development and delivery of teaching and training materials to disseminate the research findings in a format that will encourage successful implementation.

10. To identify, operate and install suitable equipment to support the project objectives. Carrying out suitable tests to evaluate the equipment performance effect on product to push forward the boundaries of current knowledge in each topic area.

11. To record and track the delivery of outputs during research & identify routes for achievement of targets.

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 good honours degree in a relevant subject or relevant experience . (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Experience in Safety Assurance of complex systems, developing system safety concepts, including safety requirements and architectures including experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in ‘real world' environment. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 3

An understanding of scenario-based testing for CAV's. (a,b)

Essential Criteria 4

An understanding and extensive experience of: Functional Safety & system safety in the Automotive sector, Applying ISO 26262, ISO/PAS 21448 and SaFAD in industrial or research projects. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 5

Experience in conducting functional safety reviews and performing HARA. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 6

Experience in developing system safety concept while incorporating concepts of simulation-based testing. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 7

Experience of developing system safety case (series or prototype or research projects). (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 8

Experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in ‘real world' environment. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

Experience of making recommendations for process improvements. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to deliver rapid, commercially focused results, with well-honed problem-solving skills. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 11

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 12

Good interpersonal skills, with a flexible approach to working. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 13

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 14

Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 15

A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills, project planning and reporting skills. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

A doctorate level qualification in a relevant research area. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

A significant level of relevant product development experience in an industrial context. (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 3

Some experience in development and delivery of training material. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 4

A sound ability to analyse and interpret data. (a,c)

Further Particulars

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Closing Date

31 Jan 2023

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