Research Fellow, Control Systems

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,199 - £39,610 per annum
10 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Closing Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018
Salary: £33,199 - £39,610 per annum
Anticipated Interview Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
Duration: 3 years


We are seeking a highly-motivated post-doctoral researcher in the field of thermal analysis to join the Sir William Wright Technology Centre (W-Tech) at Queen’s University Belfast. As part of the Centre, the researcher will support development of new thermal management strategies for Next Generation Electric and Hybrid-Electric bus vehicles, supporting both fundamental modelling and on-vehicle validation studies in conjunction with partner Wrightbus. With an emphasis on improving vehicle thermal efficiency, the researcher will contribute to the development of new design methods and technologies which will shape the future of urban public mobility.


  1. Development of thermal analysis toolsets and methods suitable for optimisation of thermal systems in hybrid-electric and electric bus configurations.
  2. Participation in vehicle testing activities in conjunction with partner Wrightbus, both onsite at Wrightbus facilities and at testing sites in England, as required.
  3. Present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  4. Write up results of own work and contribute to the production of research reports, publications, presentations and proposals.
  5. May contribute to introductory courses, for example, on the use of research methods and equipment.
  6. Carry out undergraduate supervision/demonstrating/teaching duties under direction.
  7. Carry out routine administrative duties as requested, e.g. arranging research group meetings.
  8. Read and critically evaluate academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast of developments.
  9. Attend relevant conferences, seminars or training days.
  10. Carry out any other duties designated by a line manager and which fall within the general ambit of the post.

Planning and Organising:

  1. Plan own day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed research programme.
  2. Contribute to the planning of research projects, reports and publications etc.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  2. Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research.

Internal and External Relationships:

  1. Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters.
  2. Develop internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaborations with industrial partners and OEMs.
  3. Attend and contribute to relevant meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.


  1. Have obtained a first or upper second degree or equivalent in Automotive, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Electronic, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline.
  2. Have, or about to obtain, a PhD in Automotive, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Electronic, Physics, Applied Mathematics or related discipline.

Must have submitted their intention to submit prior to the application deadline.

  1. A minimum of three years’ research experience in thermal analysis, fluid mechanics, CFD or closely related.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to manage own research and to plan research activities effectively;
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate experience of communicating with, developing and maintaining academic and/or industrial relationships.
  5. Must be willing to work flexibility and travel to partner sites and testing sites across the UK as necessary.


  1. Experience with thermal modelling tools such as Thermal Desktop, TRASYS, SINDA, Fluent.
  2. Experience with instrumentation, measurement and analytical techniques applied to testing of thermal systems.
  3. Experience with Matlab, VBA or other high level applications.
  4. Experience of working in an automotive environment;
  5. Full clean drivers licence and access to own transport.