Vacancy Type/Job category
School of Engineering
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Fixed Term Contract to 30 April 2023.
You will undertake research on a project with a major rail traction OEM,
assisting the Principal Investigator and project partners in the successful
execution of the project. You will undertake independent and collaborative
research with the objective of developing a rail traction inverter using
silicon carbide (SiC) power devices. You will be expected to deal with any
management/administration problems that may arise from the project and produce
and present regular project reports ensuring that the project objectives and
deadlines are met.
This post is based at the University of Warwick working in the Power
Electronics and Applications Technology for Energy Research (PEATER) group.
However, the successful candidate may be required to make regular trips to the
facilities of the project partners.
You will have a PhD and/or Relevant Industrial Experience in Power Electronic
Devices and Converters. The successful candidate will have skills in power
electronics simulations (Matlab, Simulink, PLECS, SPICE), prototype
development and testing (including PCB design) of power electronic
Experience in the following areas will constitute a distinct advantage: (a)
Development of SiC-based power electronics, (b) Thermal Management in power
electronics, (c) High current PCB design, (d) Power Electronics
simulations using finite element software, (e) EMI
You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, time
management and IT skills. You will possess quantitative and qualitative
research skills in physical experimental work in laboratory environments.
Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Engineering
sector are particularly welcome.
The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the
School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working
arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award
of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow
on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.
Interview Date: TBC.
To undertake research in order to support the work of the School and develop
and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. The successful
candidate will assist the Principal Investigator and project collaborators in
the successful execution of the project. The candidate will work with the
industrial partners and collaborators to deliver a rail traction inverter
using silicon carbide (SiC) power devices. This will involve the design,
assembly and testing of power electronic circuits to meet the required
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Simulation studies for evaluating SiC power devices in converter
2. Development and testing of power converters using SiC power devices,
including gate drivers, power PCBs, thermal management and sizing passive
3. Conduct individual and collaborative research.
4. Write technical reports in collaboration with industrial partners.
5. Work with technicians and other researchers from within the University and
6. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research
7. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research
8. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies
supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
9. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other
10. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of
a specialist or highly technical nature.
11. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or
Teaching and Learning Support
1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in
2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of
student research skills.
3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
Administration and Other Activities
1. To contribute to School of Engineering committees and administrative
duties and tasks.
2. Work within budget constraints.
3. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety, and other University
regulations and good working practices in all aspects of work.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are for guidance on the main aspects
of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties.
Occasional weekend, evening and overseas working may be required, in turn the
School offers flexible working where possible.
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)
Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree (2.1 minimum) or equivalent in a relevant subject. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (or nearing completion). (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant
Essential Criteria 4
A sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in power electronics
simulations (Matlab, Simulink, PLECS, SPICE…) (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven skills in power electronics prototype development and testing
(including PCB design, assembly and testing) (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in
order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and
administrative colleagues, including those external to the University, to
promote and contribute towards a collegial environment. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 8
Able to demonstrate a capacity to contribute collegiately to the life and
community of the School by undertaking a variety of duties, such as supporting
offer holder days and outreach activities, which will occasionally require
weekend work. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 9
Good IT skills including Microsoft Office and proven ability to use IT to
write technical research papers and presentations. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 10
Able to evidence excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of
working independently and as part of a team. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 11
Able to evidence strong time management and organisational skills. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively
in English, both verbally and in writing. (a,c,d)
Essential Criteria 13
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Good skills in Development of SiC-based power electronics (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Good skills in Thermal management in power electronics (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience in High current PCB design (a,c,d)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience in Power electronics simulations using Finite Element Analysis
Desirable Criteria 5
Experience in EMI/EMC characterisation and design (a,c,d)
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1 Aug 2021