Research Fellow – Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering



£30,942 to £40,322 , with potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Full time/part time   

Full time


Fixed term contract for up to 14 months


Grade 7


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Closing Date

30th September 2020

Job Purpose

This exciting 14-months project addresses the intensifying focus upon air quality in cities which aims to increase the diffusion of electric trains. This in turn requires improvement of the interface of the railway electrification network with the public grid. This project aims at developing power converters and control systems that enable the elimination of the imbalance of the AC rail electrification network. The work will seek to use converters also to integrate renewable power sources and energy storage. The feasibility of this solution will be demonstrated with a design for a real traction substation and with experiments on a small scale lab prototype.

The purpose of the role is to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge in the area of railway electrification, with a particular focus on power electronics, by undertaking a range of activities within the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

The postholder will work towards achieving the intended outcome of this research project and will contribute to writing bids for future funding, primarily within the area of power electronics. They will analyse and interpret research findings and results. They will contribute to generate funding and contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design power converters and software for real-time controllers, develop and carry out appropriate experiments using specialist equipment. Collect, interpret and analyse results accordingly
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students
  • Contribute to develop new models, techniques, methods in the specified fields
  • Develop research proposals for own or joint research in the field of power electronics, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Collect research data: this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof

Person Specification 

  • First degree in Electrical Engineering and normally, a higher degree relevant to the research area or equivalent qualifications
  • Previous experience of using power circuit simulation tools (e.g. Matlab/Simulink)
  • Previous experience of power converter design and prototyping
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively

For informal inquiries please contact Jenny Illingsworth,

Closing date: 30th September 2020                        Reference: 96172

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