Research Fellow - Functional Safety (103539-0922) . Job Reference: 1888018

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 19, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£32,348 to £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Previous candidates need not apply

Fixed Term Contract (Ending 31/03/2024), 36.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

WMG is leading the development of the underpinning science, technology and manufacturing in vehicle electrification in the UK. We are looking for either a Research Fellow or Project Engineer in Functional Safety to work as part of a team bringing these innovative technology building blocks to novel vehicle electrification solutions. (This advert is for a Research Fellow, if your skill set is more suitable for Project Engineer, please apply using the relevant advert).

Working with diverse and novel applications, the successful candidate will need to apply their functional safety knowledge across sectors and to novel technologies. The successful candidate will evidence their capability in the area of systems engineering with experience of applying novel techniques such as Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) for safety analysis. Additionally experience with ISO 26262 and ISO 21448 (or corresponding aviation, rail or manufacturing standards) is required along with experience in safety case development. The work carried out in this role has a potential to influence future national and international (ISO) standards. The successful candidate will be exposed to a variety of industries – aviation, automotive, marine, healthcare etc. and will be working collaboratively with industrial partners.

Strong research experience is required with the ability to be flexible with your work. You will also be responsible for project delivery and providing regular updates to project partners and WMG Intelligent Vehicles' leadership team.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate research leadership and to have the opportunity to develop your own professional network through interaction with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers & engineers, as well as industrial partners. You will have a diverse set of opportunities to develop yourself professionally both in technical and non-technical aspects. It gives you an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge of functional safety, including new approaches and techniques.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the areas of Systems Engineering, Safety Analysis using STPA (Systems Theoretic Process Analysis), and functional safety analysis for control systems.

In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure and excellent learning and development opportunities.

Interview Date: TBC

Job Description


To undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.

To work on the Vehicle Electrification Systems Team in collaboration with industry and academic partners.

Key Responsibilities

• To establish a sound research base in the area of Safety Analysis of Complex Systems –Electrifciation across sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, off-Highway and Marine - within the Department in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution to the Department in line with its research strategy.

• To conduct research in developing a safety analysis framework for Electric Aviation and Electric Vehicles using Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA).

• To create a framework for safety case development across sectors.

• To support research and industrial projects in the area of functional safety.

Principal Accountabilities

Research and Scholarship

1. Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.

2. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

3. Write up research work for publication.

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

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

6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.

7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.

8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

9. 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 department.

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. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

3. Work within budget constraints.

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

Honours degree, 2.1 or above in the field of controls engineering, systems engineering. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

PhD in a discipline related to Requirements analysis, systems engineering, control system analysis or functional safety. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Experience with applying STPA for complex systems. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 4

Experience of creating safety case for complex systems. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 5

Experience with safety analysis as per ISO 26262 and ISO 21448 (SOTIF). (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability or potential to publish excellent work in relevant fields. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

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

Essential Criteria 8

Good interpersonal skills. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

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

Essential Criteria 10

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

Essential Criteria 11

Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 12

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

Essential Criteria 13

Evidence of quality research output from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 14

An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content. (a.c

Desirable Criteria 1

Proven experience in Higher Education. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 3

A developing track record in producing high quality academic publications. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and policy audiences. (a,c)

Further Particulars

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 recognises 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.

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 (£30,497). 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 (£31,406).

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.

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

For further information about the Energy Innovation Centre can be found at the following here.

We believe there should be no barriers to continuing education, and we strive to ensure that the future workforce has the skills they need to become the UK's upcoming engineers and inventors.

Our unique approach to undergraduate education enables full-time students, Higher Apprentices, and full-time employees to gain an engineering degree.

Our teaching staff deliver educational programmes not just at Warwick, but internationally, and the knowledge we can leverage from our research excellence enables our students to reach their highest possible standards.

Full details of our range of undergraduate and Degree Apprenticeships can be found via this link.

If you would like further information about the HEA accreditation or APPTE requirements, these links should help.

Right to work in the UK

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Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

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

19 Oct 2022

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