Instrumentation Technician (Fixed Term)

Would you like to join the leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK?

The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting an Instrumentation Technician. The new role will support research work for the Advanced Propulsion Centre/Innovate UK funded Trident project.

The Trident project aims to deliver the next generation of air handling solutions for Diesel, Natural Gas and Fuel Cell applications in heavy duty vehicles. The project will be conducted with major industry partners. IAAPS role is to work on the characterisation, modelling and systems optimisation tasks for turbomachinery and high-speed electric machines. You will be responsible for supporting the research team in the specification, design and implementation of critical sensors and control systems to undertake the demanding experimental activities.

The experimental work will push the boundaries on testing precision and sensing objectives to create ground-breaking new insights into the operation of these new mechatronic systems. This will create stimulating challenges for testing and instrumentation design and integration. You will need to work closely with the research team to transform experimental visions into robust data that will underpin the research.

We expect applicants to possess a suitable qualification in subject area of direct relevance for the project. Successful applicants will be able to:

  • Support the specification, design and manufacture of electrical/mechanical control and instrumentation suites, including automotive specific communication platforms such as Controller Area Networks (CAN)
  • Specify and select sensor technologies applicable to mechanical, thermal or electrical systems
  • Support the use of data acquisition tools and oversee best practice in system calibration
  • Work with both analogue and digital electronic systems for sensing and actuating, including an ability to work with specialist software such as dSpace, Labview or equivalent.
  • Manage communication and relationship building skills with the ability to build effective working collaborations across IAAPS.

The role will be predominantly based at the University of Bath campus, but occasional work supporting activities at the new IAAPS building on the Bristol and Bath Science Park may be required.

IAAPS has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. The Centre considers its remit to be all of the links in the chain from energy storage to its conversion into mechanical work on board a vehicle.

This position is advertised full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expected end date of 11 January 2023. We also welcome applications from candidates seeking a part-time post.

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Richard Burke ([email protected]) or Mrs Kristina Burke ([email protected]).