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The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Assistant or Associate to support research work for a collaborative project.

This is a great opportunity for a Power Electronic Engineer to work in UK’s leading powertrain research group. The project is being conducted in collaboration with a well-known aviation industry partner for their next generation all electrified aircraft. You will be involved in the work package of a novel power electronics converter design for energy storage system, focussing on research, simulation, hardware design and embedded control of high-power density DCDC converter. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the delivery of the project work packages, undertaking the research activity under the guidance of the principal investigator.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis until February 2025. In your application, please include a full CV, including qualifications, publications list and conference presentation where applicable.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Vincent Zeng at xz2478@bath.ac.uk or Professor Xiaoze Pei at xp290@bath.ac.uk. Please ensure you submit your application through our website.

About you

You should have experience in power electronics and machine drive. You should be capable, and willing to carry out work in the following areas:

  • Theoretical understanding and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits, and drive system.
  • Simulation tools of power electronic circuits, such as Matlab-Simulink, PLECS, d-SPACE.
  • Design of AC/DC, DC/DC power conversion stages, including topology selection, magnetic components, gate drivers and thermal design.
  • Hands on experience on prototyping of 20kW above power electronic converters

You will have the attributes to develop into a kind and culturally aware leader who fosters an environment where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity. You will proactively seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the richness and creativity this brings to decision-making and problem-solving. You will remain optimistic in the face of challenges, seeing them as opportunities for growth and innovation.

You will understand that change is inevitable and necessary, actively encouraging those around you to adapt and evolve. By promoting a culture of openness and inclusivity, coupled with a willingness to listen as well as a readiness to embrace change, you will contribute profoundly to a dynamic and empowered team that can thrive in today's rapidly changing world.

Further information

This role will be based at the University of Bath and involves working alongside the IAAPS Research Team. IAAPS is a leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK. IAAPS has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. The Centre considers its remit to be all of the links in the chain from energy storage to its conversion into mechanical work on board a vehicle.

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.

We aim to be an inclusive 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 our teams.

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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