Research Fellow (104214-721) . Job Reference: 1878036

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

August 1, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


School of Engineering


£30,942 - £40,322 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

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 converters.

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.

Job Description


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 performance specifications.



1. Simulation studies for evaluating SiC power devices in converter operation.

2. Development and testing of power converters using SiC power devices, including gate drivers, power PCBs, thermal management and sizing passive components.

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 industrial partners.

6. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

7. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

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 bodies.

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 specialism.

Teaching and Learning Support

1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the departments.

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 projects.

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.

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

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 field. (a,c,d)

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 (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 5

Experience in EMI/EMC characterisation and design (a,c,d)

Further Particulars

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

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

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

1 Aug 2021

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