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NUAcT Fellow: Electrical Power

Requisition ID:  5539

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  02-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £41,526.00 - £49,553.00 


Closing Date: 31 January 2021

Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy.


Please note we will only consider applications which have attached all the supporting documents listed on page 10 and 11 of the candidate briefing pack.


The Electrical Power Group and the Dyson Prosperity Partnership


We are looking to appoint a Fellow with an outstanding research background in electrical machines, drives and power electronic systems, aligned to a £5M EPSRC Prosperity Partnership between Newcastle University and Dyson, who are world-leading in the production of electrical consumer products. You will be innovative and visionary, capable of working collaboratively with colleagues and providing leadership and inspiration to those around them. You will help the University grow its capability in the electrification of systems, as highlighted by the government programme “Driving the Electric Revolution”, within which Newcastle University has a leading role.


Dyson and Newcastle University have collaborated closely on electric power systems design for nearly 15 years, combining the innovative approaches the University and Dyson, both of whom have a world leading track record in the field. In recent years the core focus of the lab has been in the design and optimisation of automotive powertrains in support of Dysons ambitious electric vehicle project ‘N526’. In conjunction with funding from the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme, the Newcastle Research Office is redirecting its experience and expertise in system level optimisation for efficiency and power density to the arena of domestic power systems.


The Prosperity Partnership funding will enable an expansion of the research team at Newcastle, creating a team of expert researchers in the fields of electromagnetics, power electronics and thermal design. Commitments from Dyson and Newcastle will complete the £5m expansion with additional Dyson staff, University staff, up to 10 PhD students, equipment, office and lab space and recruitment of an outstanding early career fellow in motor drives.


The Newcastle University Electrical Power Group is one of the UK’s largest academic research groups in the field and is involved in activities from Nano Watts to Giga Watts. Through our state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities, our activities are highly cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary. We conduct innovative research of international quality in the area of power electronics systems, and specialise in the design and implementation of hardware and control algorithms for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives applications. You can find out more about our group and our research here.


The NUAcT Fellowship Scheme


The NUAcT Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for talented post-doctoral researchers to undertake a full time, five-year fixed-term fellowship, with the expectation of an open-ended faculty appointment to follow. We are looking to appoint 100 fellows over five years.


You will have a strong track record for your career stage, be an excellent collaborator and have the potential and vision to develop into an independent researcher who can become internationally recognised in your field. You will be well supported and resourced, to help you develop your research and career. It is expected that you will establish a distinctive profile in your discipline within five years, leading to an ongoing academic career at Newcastle University.


Equality, diversity and inclusion


We are committed to the development of a fully inclusive University community. We recruit and retain staff and students from all sectors of society. We recognise the value and importance of developing diverse teams.


All fellowships are flexible and accommodate parental and other caring responsibilities. Fellowships will be extended to take account of periods of parental or extended leave and to accommodate part-time working. Additional mentorship and support is given to those returning to their fellowships. We understand that individuals have different needs and will tailor our support package around these.


Our NUAcT Fellows will be role models for EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion), helping us to make Newcastle University a dynamic, modern and inclusive place to work. EDI is one of the University’s core values.


What does the NUAcT programme offer?


  • Five years' salary (or five years’ FTE equivalent if working part time)
  • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to review
  • Research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs)
  • Funding for a 3-year PhD student associated with the research
  • Dedicated mentors with extensive research expertise and significant project management experience
  • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
  • Extensive training opportunities including a bespoke personal development plan
  • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers


How to apply


Please click here to download the candidate briefing pack for full details on how to apply for this vacancy.


Please note we will only consider applications which have attached all the supporting documents listed on page 10 and 11 of the candidate briefing pack.


Further details on the NUAcT scheme can be found at https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nuact/


For informal enquires please contact Professor Barrie Mecrow on barrie.mecrow@ncl.ac.uk 


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5539