Power Electronic Design Engineer for EV Charging Systems (KTP Associate)

Requisition ID:  27354

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  3 Jul 2024


Salary: £41,000 (plus substantial training budget)


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 31 July 2024



The Role


Flexible Power Systems (FPS) and Newcastle University are offering an exciting opportunity to apply cutting edge power electronics and control expertise to enable the further scale-up of electrification across the larger vehicles in commercial fleets, and their associated hardware and ancillary systems.


The Associate will help Flexible Power Systems (FPS) achieving their ambition of becoming a world leader in enabling sustainable transport, through two distinctive phases:


Phase one:  
The Associate will need to develop high-power and highly efficient electric Power Take Off (ePTO) technology to place FPS in a leading position in the ever expanding market. 

Phase two:
The Associate will help FPS to develop high-power on-board bidirectional wireless charger, using the state-of-the art semiconductor technologies. 


Candidates should have a PhD in power electronics and control or a related field. 


The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of their working time at Flexible Power System premises at and when required at Newcastle University. Although the contract is fixed term for a duration of 36 months, more than 70% of KTP staff gain a permanent job offer by their KTP company. 



•    Develop managerial skills and attend two residential managerial workshops (each of one week duration)
•    £6,000 personal training budget 
•    The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
•    Mentoring by a Knowledge Transfer Network Adviser
•    Full access to university resources to complete the project
•    Ability to work in a largely self-determined way, across the industry-academic partnership
•    Opportunities to develop both technical understanding and commercial awareness
•    The possibility to undertake professional development

For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Mohamed Dahidah (Mohamed.Dahidah@newcastle.ac.uk)  


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Key Tasks
•    Deliver key innovations in power electronic converter design and control
•    Contribute novel design for on-board wireless bidirectional charging system 
•    Work with FPS engineering team to produce a demonstration system
•    Ensure the effective transfer of knowledge through workshops, reports, training materials and mentoring


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience 

•    Significant experience in modelling, design and simulation of power electronic converters and control
•    Experience in control methodologies of power electronics, accounting for aspects voltage regulation, fast dynamic response, etc
•    Experience of using power electronics simulation tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, PLECS
•    Experience in designing magnetic circuits, such as coupled inductors, transformers, etc
•    Knowledge of wide band-gap power electronic circuits, hardware layout and PCB design
•    Experience in the analysis of data and business case development
•    Ability to work in laboratory environments, designing, constructing and testing power electronic converters and control platforms
•    The candidate should be able to communicate effectively in English


•    Track record in journal publications

Attributes and Behaviour 

•    Excellent verbal and written communication
•    Strong problem-solving skills
•    Personal motivation and drive
•    Excellent organisational and planning skills
•    Thrives in a project environment with the ability to work to tight deadlines
•    The ability to work independently and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams
•    Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to different stakeholder groups in both academia and industry
•    Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity, and respect in the workplace


•    Candidates should have a PhD in power electronics and control or a related field


•    Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 27354