Research Associate in Power Systems for More-Electric Aircraft

University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1XQ
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The Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) at the University of Strathclyde has established an international reputation in electrical power engineering research instituteforenergyenvironment/. It operates within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and hosts over 270 researchers in state-of-the-art facilities including the Technology and Innovation Centre and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) . The latter offers an HV/LV MW-scale power networks test bed for industry-scale systems testing. These facilities are utilised by a significant number of industrial partnerships and programmes, including the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Electrical Power Systems.

The Institute is looking to recruit a researcher to join the team supporting a new UK-wide collaborative project, contributing to team-driven research into aerospace power electronics and power systems for future more-electric aircraft applications. This post will involve the researcher joining a thriving research group and working closely with leading UK aerospace industry partners, thus gaining invaluable insight to current sectoral challenges. Mentoring and financial support will be available to accelerate the growth of the areas researched by the post holder, disseminate outputs in leading conferences and journals, protect and exploit IP.

Fast-paced developments are underway in research into electrical power technologies and systems for more-electric aircraft and electrified flight systems, and Strathclyde researchers have established international and industrial recognition for their contributions to new aero-electrical power systems architectures, fault management and protection solutions. The post holder will contribute to innovation in new power electronic converter technologies and future more-electric aircraft power systems for a wide range of platform concepts, driving the attainment of new levels of system resilience, efficiency and emissions performance. The close-working team at Strathclyde particularly welcome applications from candidates with PhDs or relevant experience in aerospace, microgrid or automotive research.

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in electrical engineering, physical sciences or mathematics; or have relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have knowledge of power electronics and/or electrical power systems, including elements of: design of electrical power systems, electrical protection systems, simulation of power systems/power electronics and system control. Prior knowledge of aircraft power systems is desirable but not essential for this role. Your application should clearly identify and justify which of these you are claiming as your strengths. Your core discipline will be evidenced through examples of published research in high quality journals, and demonstrable standards of excellence in delivery. You will have experience of planning and organising workloads and ideally some experience of supporting teaching activities at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, an ability to work within a team environment, and have the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy).


Job Description

Brief Outline of Job:

To conduct high quality research in the relevant area of power electronics based power systems; to disseminate research results via publications in high quality peer reviewed journals; to engage with industry partners through managed research projects as part of a core team of Strathclyde researchers supporting managed programmes; to lead the successful delivery of research outputs and creation of relevant IP; to work collaboratively as part of a close-working and fast-paced team of researchers; to secure research contracts and funding.

Main Activities/Responsibilities:


Engage as a developing researcher in individual and collaborative research associated with relevant programmes, determining appropriate research methods and thus establishing a distinctive body of research, and disseminating results through regular publications in high impact journals, books and conference proceedings.


Working with industrial partners, and academic and research team members, to make relevant contribution within core themes complementing University and partnering company research objectives. This will be supported by authoring high quality industry reports, participating in working groups and workshops, and patent development.  


Plan and manage own workload and support the wider operation of collaborative programmes and research teams, providing direction, support and guidance as required.


Identify sources of funding and apply as Co-Investigator to appropriate external bodies for research funding. Contribute to the planning and management of grants awarded.


Participate in and develop external networks to foster research and knowledge exchange collaborations, to inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding.


Contribute to relevant teaching programmes and student project supervision as appropriate.


Carry out Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions, for example through membership of committees.


Engage in continuous professional development.


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Glasgow, G1 1XQ

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