Research Associate / Fellow in Power Electronics, Machines and Control
University of Nottingham Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 11th September 2020
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a post based within the Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) research group at the University of Nottingham. The appointee will join the University of Nottingham as part of the PEMC Group and will be expected to undertake research and knowledge transfer on electrical machines for mobile applications. The PEMC group research group works closely with the University’s Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT), and has taken part in many EU, IUK and ATI funded research programs.

The current post arises from the EU-Funded Clean Sky 2 core partnership (EMINEO), for which a research fellow is required. Candidates with experience of electrical machines are encouraged to apply. Experience on reliability and lifetime degradation of insulation systems is preferred. The appointee will work on and develop research that will cover both low TRL work looking at lifetime consumption and degradation of electrical machines as well as higher TRL work looking at electrical machine detailed design. In terms of the work on the reliability and lifetime consumption of electrical machines, a special focus will be given to insulation degradation. This will comprise understanding of the phenomena causing the degradation, design of experiments to characterise these phenomena and the creation of physics of failure models that are able to describe these phenomena. The appointee is expected to help manage staff and students working on various related projects. The clear ability to deliver consistently high quality journal papers is required. 

Candidates must hold a first degree (or equivalent) in electrical/electronic engineering or a related subject; a PhD or equivalent (or near completion) and research experience in the electromagnetic design, thermal management, and lifetime modelling of electrical machines insulation. A good working knowledge of design tools for electrical machines, electromagnetic FE software and familiarity with electrical machines’ thermal management is required. Practical experience in dielectric testing is very important; in particular, experience in partial discharges, dielectric dissipation factor, dc/ac hipot etc The ability to work in a team, lead both internally and externally, and interact/collaborate actively and professionally with industrial partners is essential. Working on transport electrical machines, it is essential that the successful applicant is able to actively support knowledge exchange and transfer activities with various OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers and other academic partners.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 24 months. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Michael Galea: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

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