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Research Assistant/Associate in Electromagnetic Aspects of High Performance Electrical Machines

Requisition ID:  12964

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Oct-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: Research Assistant - £28,756 - £29,614 with progression to £30,497 per annum

            Research Associate - £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 2 November 2021



The Role


The Newcastle University School of Engineering and our partner Dyson are excited to offer an opportunity for a Research professional to join a team of dedicated engineers on a five-year EPSRC project. The project will examine electrical drives and the control of novel high-speed, high-efficiency motors, with research outputs directly feeding into the next generation of Dyson consumer products.


You will be a central member of the team, focussing on research and simulation of the electromagnetic design of machines and magnetic circuits using finite element and analytical techniques. 


You will have experience of academic research and will also be able to demonstrate knowledge and innovative ideas relating to the critical aspects of electrical machines. You will hold a PhD for Associate level in the field of electric machines or have conducted research which is leading towards a PhD for Assistant level. 


You will be based at Newcastle University, but will regularly visit Dyson, with short work spells based in their UK offices and secondment opportunities to overseas research institutions.


We are the UK’s largest academic research group in Electrical Power, 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 are well known for our high level of industrial engagement.


You can also find out more about The School of Engineering and SAGE Faculty.

For informal queries please contact Prof. Barrie Mecrow via email: Barrie.Mecrow@ncl.ac.uk 


The post is full time, fixed term until 31 August 2025.

Key Accountabilities


The role will include activities in a range of technical backgrounds: simulation, technical design, prototype design and practical testing, including:

  • An innovative approach to electromagnetic design 
  • Static and dynamic magnetic analysis
  • Calculation of losses in conducting materials and methods to reduce them
  • Creation of analytical models of electrical machine behaviour
  • Elementary mechanical stress analysis
  • Technical drawings for manufacture
  • Power electronic drive simulation 
  • Practical test bed commissioning
  • Testing and performance evaluation
  • Writing and presenting of industrial reports and professional papers for publication



The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • A clear understanding of electrical machine design, with major expertise in electromagnetic design and some knowledge of mechanical and thermal design 
  • A solid understanding of computational electromagnetics
  • Proficiency in electromagnetic simulations using the finite element method, such as Mentor Graphics Magnet, JMAG or ANSYS
  • Experience of CAD modelling in packages such as Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks
  • Experience of Matlab and Simulink
  • A good track record of academic journal publications
  • Experience of the design and construction of electrical machines (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of the special challenges associated with very high speed machines (Desirable)
  • Experience of dynamometer testing of electrical machines (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of power electronic converters and variable speed drives (Desirable)
  • The ability to work autonomously (Desirable)
  • Experience of working in large multi-institutional projects (Desirable)
  • Experience of high speed electrical machines and drives (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Strong interpersonal and team-working skills, to make a contribution as part of a multi-disciplinary team




  • Upper second class degree (or higher) in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (Associate level)
  • A PhD degree within the research area of electrical machines (Essential for Associate Level)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global 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 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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12964