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Senior Power Electronics Research Engineer

Senior Power Electronics Research Engineer

Job Title: Senior Power Electronics Research Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Surrey
Salary: £35-55k + Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: DW5485
Contact Name: David Watts
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 18, 2020 12:56

Job Description

The Power Electronics Research Engineer works as part of the Advanced Motor Research Team to innovate, design, test and analyse with the goal of ensuring that their products are the best on the market over the long term.

The role is very much a hands on lab evaluation and testing role - e.g driving oscilloscopes, developing the hardware and test set up, so you’ll need to enjoy and be prepared to test and evaluate in a lab environment. The role is in a product development environment with emphasis on design and devices - model and simulate first and then validate the performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Generate ideas for improvements to custom power electronics system for inwheel electric motors
  • Develop, test and analyse design improvements
  • Develop high-level concept designs to support feasibility work with prospective customer
  • Develop simulation models and environments for power electronics systems and promote
  • Interface with external research establishments
  • Actively participate in international conferences and meetings
  • Build and maintain relationships with leading suppliers of power electronics components to ensure good knowledge of relevant technology developments

Relevant Knowledge & Experience


  • Electronics Degree is a key
  • Experienced in using PLECS, MathCAD, Simulink, Altium
  • Design and analysis of inverters for electric motors
  • IGBT & Wide band-gap power devices - Wide Band Gap Power Devices is key as the role is working on that technology. We are looking for SiC experience in particular (silicon carbide).
  • Electrical/electronic thermal modelling and simulation


  • Phd qualified
  • Experienced at working in a laboratory environment
  • Previous experience of technical innovation
  • Test, evaluation and life testing of power electronics systems
  • Electronics cooling system design
  • Designing to relevant legislation, standards and guidelines
  • An understanding of motor control
  • An automotive OEM or tier 1 supplier background
  • Design of electronics for vehicle powertrain systems
  • Familiar with DFMEA
  • PCB design

Engineers with 1-2 years’ experience would be ideal although may not be available - therefore a relevant degree is essential and university study and/or work could be useful and relevant

We would consider a PhD graduate with a relevant degree; Bachelors/Masters

The role could lead to attending conferences/ becoming an expert in the field. You’ll be based in Farnham, Surrey with an occasional requirement for national and international travel.


Discretionary bonus - up to15%
37.5 hour week with core hours from 10:00-16:00 Monday to Friday
Life assurance at 4x salary
Pension - Up to 7%
Private healthcare
Employee share options scheme