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Research Engineer - Electrical Architecture/Networks

Jaguar Land Rover
Warwick University
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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There now exists an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Research Engineer, specifically in the area of Electrical Architectures / Networks, to develop, guide and deliver projects to support the "Digitalisation and Connectivity" theme. This will involve development of enabling technologies to deliver a truly flexible and efficient electrical platform on which the amazing capabilities and features on our cars can be built. A key focus for the team currently is in investigating opportunities where wireless technologies could be applied on the vehicle with a view simplify harness on the car and allowing greater flexibility to configure/layout Electronics Control Units/Compute modules on the car.
The successful senior engineer will need to bring strong technical abilities to the team and work as part of an agile squad focussed on releasing the most value to the business/customer in an iterative manner. The outputs of the projects could range from desktop analysis, bench top demonstrations, full proof of concepts within a vehicle as appropriate and showcasing these to the stakeholders at all levels the company as required. An extremely high level of engineering capability will be required to ensure the concepts are well defined and realisable when taken forward to production.
This role will involve collaborative research both internally within the team, with our stakeholders across the business as well as with key leading UK universities and external partners.


* Delivery of relevant research into Electrical Architectures/Networks, Wireless communication related technologies with a robust research approach with adherence to research processes
* As part of a agile squad, develop implementation/activity plans to support the sprint/quarterly goals of the specific Electrical Architectures/Network project being tackled by the team
* Resolve of key technical and strategic challenges by applying technical know-how to solve the goals of the project
* Development of Proof-of-Concepts in house or with support from key suppliers/partners as appropriate
* Ensuring robust, data led recording of findings, as well as adherence to relevant procedures
* Support project roadmaps for the business kept updated with latest insights, ideas, technologies
* Ensuring new and innovative ideas are captured as patents to maximise value to JLR
* Support knowledge transfer on projects when handing over to mainstream engineering


* Strong Technical knowledge of 2 or more of:Automotive Electrical Architecture design and enablers e.g. Service Oriented Architecture design
* Automotive communication protocols
* RF System Engineering, testing and validation
* RF Communication technologies, Modulation techniques, Encoding schemes and relative advantages/disadvantages
* Data over Power / Power over Data communications

* Ability to find resolutions to key technical issues within a team environment
* Ability to write reports and communicate to technical and non-technical audience.
* "Hacking" skills (finding software and hardware solutions for new problems)
* Relevant degree (or equivalent experience) - E.g. Physics, Electronic, Electrical, Computing, Maths or similar

Highly Desirable:
* Ability to form relevant and strong research questions and then breakdown into a set of logical tasks that will allow team to find and understand the answers as quickly as possible.
* Ability to understand and filter relevant, applicable, future technologies and topics
* Experience working with Software Defined Radio (SDR).
* Experience with RF Simulation Tools.
* Experience working with lab equipment such as RF Signal Generators, Spectrum Analysers, VNAs etc.. Electronic Hardware Design for automotive
* A working knowledge of automotive electrical systems and development processes, such as those used at Jaguar Land Rover
* Telecommunications / Connectivity / Telematics / Cloud / Edge capabilities and understanding
* Design for Functional Safety and Cyber Security
* Previous experience in a Research role in engineering or automotive environment
* Experience of Agile or equivalent research delivery process
* Experience in automotive software development and good understanding of principals of software design
* A working knowledge of automotive electrical systems and development processes, such as those used at Jaguar Land Rover
* Previous experience of working with Universities, Start-ups and Research partners

Personal Profile

* An individual with a customer first mind-set who is easy to do business with and makes people feel special
* A curious and inquisitive attitude to solving Research challenges in novel ways.
* Ability to work independently but always with a view to supporting the team and project goals
* Proactive individual who can demonstrating tenacity, drive and perseverance with the ability to find solutions in a complex, and rapidly changing environment.
* Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills to achieve great outcomes for team and project.
* Honest and open - always challenging self and proactive in continuous personal development
* A resilient and enthusiastic who responds constructively to new ideas and inputs

* A good communicator with the ability to convey complex ideas to a wide variety of stakeholders across the business


Innovative. Trusted. Pioneering. These three qualities have always summed up Jaguar Land Rover. They have been encapsulated within the performance, luxury and excellence of all our products. They are what every person working for us lives and breathes.

We have been automotive industry pioneers for more than six decades. Jaguar debuted in 1935. Land Rover made its celebrated entrance in 1948.

From then until now, we have been at the forefront of technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development. Through our revolutionary technologies, performance and craftsmanship, we have pushed the boundaries of what the industry considers possible over and over again. Our efforts have led to some of the most iconic nameplates ever to grace the road.

With an ever-evolving history and exhilarating future, this is the place to drive your pursuit for success. This is where you'll push the boundaries of your potential. This is where you'll put excellence in motion.

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