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Research Associate in Thermal Management in Power Electronics

Requisition ID:  14621

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-Dec-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: £31,406.00 - £33,309 (with progression to  £36,382.00) per annum

Closing Date: 23 January 2022


The Role

We are delighted to be seeking a motivated individual to join the GKN Advanced Research Centre (GKN Advanced Research Centre - Press Office - Newcastle University) based within the School of Engineering. The aim of the Centre is to develop highly ultra-efficient electric power drive trains to support the electric revolution for electric vehicles. You will be responsible for developing high performance cooling technologies for power electronics inverters. Your research will contribute to build smaller, lighter and more efficient power drive trains for the future.


You will work in a multidisciplinary team and within the team you will lead all cooling relevant research questions. You have project management expertise to deliver research outputs within given times, liaise with project partners and collaborators effectively, disseminate research findings at major conferences and journals and play an active role to support further funding.


You will be passionate about working in a dedicated, diverse and multidisciplinary research community. You will be an excellent communicator with good interpersonal skills, your research findings, and the presentation of your work will enable the group to communicate our outcomes with local and international stakeholders including academia, government and key industry partners. 
This position is available immediately, is full time (37 hours per week) on a fixed term basis until the end of December 2023. 


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Volker Pickert via email: volker.pickert@ncl.ac.uk
For more information about the School of Engineering and our research, please click here 


Key Accountabilities


•    Conduct research in cooling of power electronics components and subsystems;
•    Securing all resources necessary to undertake research;
•    Managing research work and the efficient use of resources;
•    Manage various research activities simultaneously;
•    Ensuring project plans are completed and reviewed;
•    Monitoring project progress and deliver results within given schedules;
•    Providing regular research project performance update reports to the management.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

The Person 

•    Experiences in using thermal CFD simulation tools (e.g. Comsol, Ansys, Flotherm, IcePak);
•    Demonstrable understanding of thermal management preferable for power electronics and inverters;
•    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.



•    Good understanding in material science
•    Very good communications, writing and negotiation skills;
•    Demonstrate teaching skills;
•    Knowledge in proposal writing. 

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;
•    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 in thermal management; 
•    Good underpinning engineering or science 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 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: 14621