Research Associate in Intelligent Control Systems (FM11789)

University of Bath
July 30, 2024
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Job title Research Associate in Intelligent Control Systems

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

Contract Type Full Time, Fixed Term

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This role is potentially sponsorable subject to candidates meeting the tradeable points criteria

Placed on Tuesday 18 June 2024

Closing date Tuesday 30 July 2024

Interview date Monday 19 August 2024

Reference FM11789

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We are seeking a Research Associate to take a key role in leading the development of an intelligent control platform for digital hydraulic valves, converters and technologies. The role is funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship exploring Digital Hydraulic Fluid Power Technologies for Decarbonising Off-road Vehicles.

Hydraulic fluid power has several advantages, such as high power density, compactness, low weight, fast response, and good controllability. However, the current hydraulic control method involves using valves to throttle flow, reduce pressure, and control the speed and force of the load. Although this approach is simple to operate, it is highly energy inefficient, and the average power efficiency of fluid power systems is only about 21%.

This project aims to develop an intelligent control platform for digital hydraulic valves, converters and technologies to significantly improve hydraulic energy efficiency, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions to decarbonise off-road vehicles for a sustainable and greener future. In addition, there are also opportunities to conduct commercialisation activities during the project.

You will be responsible for delivering high-quality research in this area, including:

  • Designing and developing an intelligent control platform for digital hydraulic valves and converters.
  • Prototyping and validating the control platform and digital hydraulic technologies.
  • Digital fluid power control system integration and experimental validations.
  • Stimulating and creating pathways to impact and disseminate the research outcomes and promote the exploitation of the new technologies.
  • You will be responsible for planning and performing your own research activities and will be expected to take an active role in supporting PhD and undergraduate research students within the laboratory.

    This position is offered on a fixed term basis for 18 months with a target start date of 1st November 2024.

    About you

    Our ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a subject area of direct relevance for the project
  • Have previous experience in one or more of the following: modelling, design, control or prototyping of fluid power components and systems
  • Have excellent analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Be self-motivated and have excellent communication skills
  • You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work as part of a team and discuss your work with a range of audiences.

    Further information

    For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Min Pan, Reader, at [email protected] however please ensure you submit your application through our website.

    What we can offer you:

  • 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
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • 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: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be a university where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on the university. We are committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, and community by reinforcing our Safer Recruitment commitment.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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  • 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, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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