Job offer in england Lead Engineer – Electric Power Steering for Electric Vehicles (11913-118) – WMG, The University of Warwick


Location: Coventry
Salary: £40,792
to £48,677 per annum

Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 14th December 2018
Closes: 3rd January 2019
Reference: 1776284

Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2020

An exciting opportunity has become available in WMG to be involved in research on the next generation of electric power steering systems specifically aimed at electric vehicles capable of high levels of autonomous operation. The steering system is to be integrated along with electric braking into a high-performance unified vehicle dynamics system that will ensure good vehicle performance in the most challenging of driving conditions. The elements of the steering system comprise the electric motor, the power electronics to drive it, low and high level control layers and several sensors. The whole system must meet demanding safety cases to be identiifed and formulated within the ISO 26262 standard. A further intention is for the vehicle to be able to communicate with other road users and static infrastructure to give the vehicle information about road conditions.

Our ambition is to develop, within this CAV3 partnership of market leading organisations consisting of Delta Motorsport, Titan Motorsport, Potenza, Alcon and Cranfield University, an electric power steering sytem for the electric vehicle age. The steering system will be tested both in the laboratory and on a test track in a real vehicle. Ideally with a background in power elctronics, instrumentation, system integration or testing, and with some experience of the automotive field, you will have the extensive facilities of the Electrical Machines and Power Electronics Groups at your disposal to carry out the activities associated with this project. These include:

• Assisting the partners in the analysis of real-time data from track testing
• Designing a high performance inverter for driving the steering motor which will be developed within the project
• Assisting in the design of a low level controller for the steering system
• With partners, integrating the steering element into the unified vehicle dynamics environment
• Testing the complete system against specification, including fault conditions, and investigating its behaviour in ‘corner cases’ i.e. extremes of operation
• Working with partners to develop safety cases

This is a great opportunity to develop your collaborative research skills, and to build your own professional network within this specialist area. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering or similar, and have evidence of a developing academic career. In return, we will provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities as well as all the usual employee benefits that you would expect from one of the UK’s leading universities.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Richard McMahon by email to

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.


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