Research Fellow in Reliable Power Electronics and Condition Monitoring

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Cranfield, United Kingdom
£32,656 per annum
29 Jul 2019
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29 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Until 31 March 2021
Salary £32,656 per annum
Apply by 29/08/2019

Role Description

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. Cranfield Manufacturing is one of the major themes at Cranfield University. Our capability is world-leading and combines a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise.

 Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship, working on condition monitoring for power electronics.

 This project is funded by the Innovate UK, and is being undertaken with partners from the aircraft landing gear sector.  The project will involve the development of condition monitoring techniques for landing gear power electronics. This is part of the aircraft manufacturer’s thrust toward more electrification of the next generation of aircraft. The reliability and availability of power electronics converters are of utmost importance for more electric aircraft. Application of emerging new designs and wide-bandgap power quantum devices enables more compact designs. However, there are plausible concerns on the lack of a proven condition monitoring method that would enable degradation detection to avoid failures.

You will undertake research to assist the Principal Investigator and project partners in the successful execution of the Innovate UK -funded project on Reliable Power Electronics for landing gears. You will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up research for publication. You will be expected to deal with any management/administration problems that may arise from the project and produce and present regular project reports ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met.

 You will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in electrical engineering, power electronics engineering or data science subject and have prior experience of MATLAB programming.  Relevant algorithm development (e.g. Kalman filters, ANFIS) and practical laboratory work and experience of software development in MATLAB/Simulink is also advantageous.

 You will have an established or developing research profile with the ability to publish high-quality research output and will be able to contribute to the development of funding proposals. Working within a team and collaborating with a range of individuals and partners, you will possess excellent communication skills and a desire to learn and develop as you take on this role in a supportive environment.  

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Suresh Perinpanayagam, Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Systems on (E);

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.