Research Fellow in vehicle dynamics control


University of Surrey

Location: Guildford
Salary: £31,302 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position, with a 15-month duration, to develop advanced controllers and state estimators for electric vehicles with multiple motors.

The posts are part of an H2020 project (Sys2Wheel) that aims to develop new control systems and state estimators for fully electric vehicles with individually controlled motors. A budget for travel and other expenses will be provided, and there will be several opportunities to attend related conferences. The research will be carried out with collaborators of several industrial and academic institutions. The project outcomes will be evaluated on state-of-the-art vehicle demonstrators.

The successful candidates must have a strong background in control theory and should be a holder of a Ph.D degree in one of the areas of control systems engineering, automotive engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. Also, expertise in the following areas is highly desirable:

  • Vehicle dynamics simulation
  • Torque-vectoring control
  • Wheel slip control
  • State estimation based on extended Kalman filters and Luenberger observers

The appointee will join Surrey’s Centre for Automotive Engineering of the Mechanical Engineering Sciences Department, which has research interests in a wide range of topics, including active vehicle dynamics, tyre dynamics, electric powertrains, vehicle aerodynamics and novel transmission systems for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Ahu Ece Hartavi Karci (tel: +44 (0)1483 682895, email for further information.

Further details:

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

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