Research Fellow in Rotordynamics of Electrical Machines (fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 5th March 2018
Job Type
Engineering - G2TRC, The Energy Technologies Building, UNIP, Jubilee Campus
£29799 to £38833 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

A Research Fellow position is offered in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham addressing the rotordynamics of electrical machines. 

The successful candidate will have an excellent first degree in either mechanical engineering or electrical engineering and should have a PhD either involving a substantial amount of rotordynamics or electrical machine design – ideally both. 

The role arises principally in connection with the recognition that aircraft propulsion will be largely electrified in the coming 15 years and that there will be a very significant role for embedded electrical machines integrated within gas turbine engines as power-plant for such aircraft. If standard electrical machine design approaches are adopted, the electrical machine can introduce a number of additional challenges for the overall machine rotordynamics above and beyond what is already a difficult problem. If magnetic designs and winding arrangements are engineered carefully, the electrical machine can instead become a great resource for helping to control the rotordynamics – making the mechanical design of the machine less difficult. This role will explore existing concepts already proposed for achieving this end and should pioneer some new ones also. The work will involve development of two new test-rigs, interaction with a test arrangement already being assembled by our industrial collaborator, magnetic and rotordynamic numerical modelling, some control and a reasonable amount of system engineering where the performance of the electrical machine is traded-off against other wider system concerns. 

The role is funded by CORNERSTONE – a large recently-announced EPSRC-funded programme involving Rolls-Royce and the Gas Turbine Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC) at University Of Nottingham (as well as centres at two other prestigious Universities). The role-holder will sit within G2TRC but will also have opportunities for appropriate support and discussion with other university departments and groups. The role will involve extensive contact with senior technical experts at Rolls-Royce and, later, with other companies.

Further details about G2TRC are available at:

This full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 30 months. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Due to the nature of this post, all offers of employment will be subject to the appropriate level of security clearance and an independent verification of unspent convictions obtained by means of a Basic Disclosure Certificate obtained from Disclosure Scotland, or an overseas police check.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Seamus Garvey tel: 0115 951 3776 . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.