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Research Assistant / Associate in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives

Requisition ID:  9101

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time/Part Time
Posted Date:  21-Jul-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: £28,331 - £ 40,322 per annum

Closing Date: 25 July 2021


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to join Newcastle University, contributing to a challenging research project and supporting with the management of associated projects, with the overall aim to develop highly ultra-efficient electric power drive trains for electric vehicles. This project is funded and commanded by GKN Automotive a global leader in e-drives technologies. This project covers two main activities: conducting multi-disciplinary research in the field of power electronics, machines and electric drives and co-ordinating adjunct projects that are all running in parallel. We are collaborating with the University of Nottingham, and each leading academic group is researching on specific power electronics, machines and drives activities. You must have experience in a closely related field of expertise and have an aptitude for working in collaboration with a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team. Ideally you will be able to demonstrate industrial work experience. We are seeking a co-operative individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Your investigations, and the overall demonstration of your work will enable our dedicated group to communicate findings with key industrial and academic stakeholders and partners.


This project presents you with the following prospects:

  •  The opportunity to collaborate with industrial experts on automotive, in particular in electric vehicles;
  •  The opportunity to develop novel solutions for power electronics, machines and drives jointly with another university;
  •  Become part of Driving the Electric Revolution network, a key initiative of the UK government;
  •  Publishing research in high quality journals and present papers at international conferences.

This position is available full time, on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2023.  Applicants wishing to explore part time and / or flexible working options will be positively considered.


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter, please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the essential requirements for the role holder as outlined below. 
For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Prof Volker Pickert: email Volker.pickert@ncl.ac.uk.
For further details about Newcastle University please visit our information page at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about


Key Accountabilities


  • Conduct research in one or all of the following areas: power electronics, electric machines and control;
  • Overseeing various research activities simultaneously;
  • Support in the recruitment and induction of researchers;
  • Ensuring  a  project  plan  is  completed  and  reviewed  for  each  Research  Project  undertaken and gain approval of the Advisory Board for each plan;
  • Securing all resources necessary to undertake each Research Project as set out in the project plan, including the recruitment of researchers;
  • Overseeing and managing the researchers work and the efficient use of resources on the Research Projects at a working level;
  • Monitoring and reviewing the performance of each Research Project according to the project plans;
  • Providing regular Research Project performance update reports to the Advisory Board;
  • Providing timely reporting of any issues requiring escalation to the Advisory Board


Person Specification


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experienced in using simulation tools (eg. PLECS, Saber, PSim, Pspice or Matlab Simulink simulators);
  • Demonstrable understanding of power electronics, electric machines, electrical motors and control of electric drives;
  • The ability to build prototypes, experimentation on systems and bench test;
  • Experience of, or exposure to article publications in high profile journals;
  • Experience of, or exposure to the dissemination of research outputs to a range of audiences in a variety of formats and settings (e.g. peers, students, public; journal papers, conferences and web material);
  • Experience of working in industry.



  • Experience of taking a lead in a research group or previous line management experience in an industry setting.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Good inter-personal skills and the ability to liaise with local and international stakeholders (government, industry, general public) as a representative of the University;
  • Excellent communications and negotiation skills;
  • Experience of, or exposure to presenting and explaining research outputs in different ways to different stakeholders;
  • Willingness to travel locally, nationally or internationally at the discretion of the Principal Investigator;
  • Ability to work independently, and flexibly as part of multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to work with a diverse stakeholder group including industry, academia and other partners;
  • Committed to embedding the values of equality and diversity in all aspects of your work;
  • Potential for leadership in research and innovation.


  • PhD awarded (for Associate level) or near submission (for Assistant level) in power electronics, machines or control of electric drives;
  • Good underpinning honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline


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.


Requisition ID: 9101