Research Fellow in Electric Vehicle Charging

Contract Fulltime University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £42792
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Job Description

Research Fellow in Electric Vehicle Charging – Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering – Grade 7 – 97485

– (210000VZ)

Position Details

School of Engineering

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed term contract for upto 12 months

Closing Date: 16th June 2021

Job Purpose

This exciting 14-months project addresses the intensifying focus upon air quality in cities which aims to increase the diffusion of electric trains. This in turn requires improvement of the interface of the railway electrification network with the public grid. This project aims at developing power converters and control systems that enable the elimination of the imbalance of the AC rail electrification network. The work will seek to use converters also to integrate renewable power sources and energy storage. The feasibility of this solution will be demonstrated with a design for a real traction substation and with experiments on a small scale lab prototype.

The purpose of the role is to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge in the area of railway electrification, with a particular focus on power electronics, by undertaking a range of activities within the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

The postholder will work towards achieving the intended outcome of this research project and will contribute to writing bids for future funding, primarily within the area of power electronics. They will analyse and interpret research findings and results. They will contribute to generate funding and contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.

Job Role

  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
  • Operate primarily within the area of charging of electric vehicles and charging networks
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design power converters and software for real-time controllers, develop and carry out appropriate experiments using specialist equipment. Collect, interpret and analyse results accordingly
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students
  • Contribute to develop new models, techniques, methods in the specified fields
  • Develop research proposals for own or joint research in the field of power electronics, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Collect research data: this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof

Person Specification

  • First degree in Electrical Engineering and normally, a higher degree relevant to the research area or equivalent qualifications
  • Previous experience of using power circuit simulation tools (e.g. Matlab/Simulink)
  • Previous experience of power converter design and prototyping
  • Programming skills (e.g. C) specifically devoted to DSP and/or real-time controllers
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques and methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Understanding of the planning and organisation of research programmes and/or specific research projects
  • Ability to coordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

For informal inquiries please contact Pietro Tricoli,

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’
Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Engineering
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 01.06.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,942.00
Maximum Salary 42,792.00
Advert Close Date 16.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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