Vacancy Type/Job category
£32,348 to £42,155 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
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
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
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
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
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.
• 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
• To conduct research in developing a safety analysis framework for Electric
Aviation and Electric Vehicles using Systems Theoretic Process Analysis
• To create a framework for safety case development across sectors.
• To support research and industrial projects in the area of functional
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
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
5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research
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
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
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. 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.
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
Honours degree, 2.1 or above in the field of controls engineering, systems
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).
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.
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.
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)
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currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick
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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
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