Electric Motor Control Research Engineer

Brighton, East Sussex
Competitive salary and benefits
14 Jun 2018
14 Jul 2018

Based on the University of Sussex campus, IMRA Europe UK Research Centre is developing advanced electrical machines and actuators for both near-term and future automotive systems.

Working within a multi-cultural group, you will have full support both from within the group and from strong contacts with leading Universities working in this domain.  As part of the Aisin Group, we also benefit from the backing of one of the largest Japanese automotive component OEMs.


· You will be working on both near-term projects, including motor controller development for permanent magnet machines in which field-weakening (and field-strengthening) plays a large part of the overall control strategy, and in our application is particularly challenging, and multi-inverter drives.

· Continually monitor developments worldwide using both academic and industrial sources and identify and evaluate potential long-term collaboration partners among mainly European, but also worldwide, research institutes.

· Analytical support for other teams when required.

· Support work relating to our Research Centre, e.g. new technology survey (not necessarily motor power electronics related) and patent maintenance.


Qualified to postgraduate degree level you must have a excellent knowledge of modern control theory as applied to electric motors, e.g. space vector control, D-Q axis theory and field-weakening.

DSP programming (C++) using both fixed and floating-point DSPs. Experience with dSPACE or similar development platforms would be an advantage.

Practical experience of power electronics hardware and devices (IGBTs, SiC, drivers etc.). You will be responsible for taking your ideas through from theory to prototype and a knowledge of PCB design and prototyping power electronic systems is required, together with experience with medium voltage (60V to 600V) and understanding of the safety issues.

You should have experience with general programming tools such as C, Matlab and Simulink.

You should also be familiar with efficiently searching databases such as INSPEC, IEEEXplore and Espacenet.

Applications from individuals working in non-standard or novel application areas would be preferred.