Research Associate in Power Electronics and High-speed Drive System (Fixed Term)



The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting a Research Associate to support research work for the Advanced Propulsion Centre/Innovate UK funded projects.

This is a great opportunity for a Power Electronics Engineer to work on the topic of powertrain electrification in UK’s leading automotive powertrain research group. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the top tier industry partners to deliver a novel power electronics converter design for a high speed / high voltage drive system. You will be a central member of the team, focussing on research, simulation, hardware design and embedded control of electric drives and power electronic converters. 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.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree in Power Electronics and Machine Drive. Applicants must be capable, and willing to carry out work in the following areas:

  • Theoretical analysis of electrical and electronic circuits, and drive system.
  • Simulation tools of power electronics 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.
  • Build hardware-in-loop testing of power electronic converters and prototypes.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) to start as soon as possible and is being offered on an 18 months fixed term contract.

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.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Vincent Zeng via email Applications are to be made via the University website here.

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  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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