Research Fellow in Connected Autonomous Cars

Guildford, Surrey (GB)
£31,302 to £39,609 per annum plus benefits
20 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A PDRA position is available at the Surrey’s Connected Autonomous Vehicle Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences (MES). The PDRA will be involved in CARMA project, a breakthrough research activity addressing a number of key technical challenges toward realisation of connected autonomous cars, namely, Towards Autonomy - Smart and Connected Control (TASCC). This prestigious project is funded by ESPRC and Jaguar Land Rover and will be in collaboration with several well-known British companies.

Surrey’s Connected Autonomous Vehicle Labhas a diverse portfolio of nationally and internationally funded research projects in collaboration with well-respected European automotive companies. At departmental level, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences offers a collaborative and successful research environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create, demonstrate and validate new cloud-based distributed control systems for connected autonomous cars.
  • Work with the programme manager to meet targets for deliverables and timing of virtual, laboratory, and vehicle demonstrations of system performance.
  • Document system requirements for concept proposals, and decompose into appropriate component and control specifications.
  • Develop control architectures and strategies for meeting cost, quality, and performance targets of proposed concepts.
  • Apply system engineering principles to develop controls that meet specifications, and validate with virtual and practical experiments.
  • Prepare control and plant models to investigate vehicle system behaviour and demonstrate component performance.
  • Design and implement model-based controls to operate new control algorithms within autonomous connected car systems.

Applicant criteria 

  • PhD degree in the field of automotive engineering, mechatronics, electronics or relevant fields
  • Proven track record of excellent research
  • Solid knowledge in Control Systems and Vehicle System Dynamics
  • Solid experience in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience with IPG CarMaker, C++, and dSPACE would be a plus
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills 


Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the project, a CV, and the names and contact details of two references. Informal enquires are welcome and should be made to Dr Saber Fallah (

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly to arrange a suitable time for an interview. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) 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 (£32,236).

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