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Research Fellow in Advanced Electric Powertrain Simulation and Control

Surrey, United Kingdom
£38,205 to £41,732 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location: Guildford
Salary: £38,205 to £41,732 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 25 June 2024
Reference: 063223-R-R-R

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position focused on the modelling and simulation of electric vehicles and their components and on the development of advanced control algorithms to promote energy efficiency and occupant comfort during the vehicles operation.

Our Centre specializes in cutting-edge research areas, with a particular focus on vehicle dynamics and the control of autonomous systems. Initial contract for the Research Fellow position is set for a duration of 13 months, with extensions subject to thorough performance assessments, availability of project funding, and specific project requirements.

About the Role

The post is part of the High-Scape Horizon Europe project, which focuses on exploring the feasibility of a family of highly efficient power electronics components and systems, including integrated traction inverters, electric drives and chassis actuators. Thanks to the presence in the consortium of industrial partners as well as Universities from all around Europe the project will be able to test its proposed solutions on two full size battery electric vehicle prototypes.

Working under the leadership of Dr Davide Tavernini, Dr Umberto Montanaro and Prof Patrick Gruber, you will be responsible for the day-to-day research tasks in accordance with the project plan. This will include: i) Supporting advanced simulations and modelling of electric powertrains to optimise efficiency and performance; ii) Developing and implementing advanced control algorithms for electric powertrains and chassis actuators to enhance vehicle performance, energy management and comfort; iii) Collaborating with a team of experts in various fields, including electrical/electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science; iv) Participating in project meetings, presenting research findings, and contributing to project reports and publications.

About You

The successful candidate will have a strong background in experimental testing, programming (MATLAB/SIMULINK) and control, and should have a PhD in a relevant discipline such as mechanical, automotive or electrical/electronic engineering. Also, experience in the following areas is highly desirable:

  • Control development and implementation, including neural networks
  • Vehicle dynamics control
  • Instrumentation and data-logging
  • Digital twins
  • Real-time rapid control prototyping systems (e.g., dSPACE)

Join our dynamic and inclusive team at the Centre for Automotive Engineering within the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. We actively seek applicants from all backgrounds, valuing the unique perspectives they bring to our research, which, in turn, leads to innovative solutions. We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone is not only welcomed but also valued, respected, and supported.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please upload a CV and cover letter with your application on the University of Surrey Website. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Davide Tavernini at

Please note interviews are scheduled to be held week commencing 15th January 2024.

Please note the university reserves the right to close this vacancy early based on Volume and Calibre of applications.

Further details: Job Description

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,980) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£36,024).

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