Lead Engineer (Battery Joining) – Coventry – University of Warwick

Posted 1 year ago
Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
£40,792 – £48,677 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Contract until 30 June 2022

WMG, as it continues to establish its position as a leading centre for applied research in advanced propulsion systems, energy storage, and power electronics, is running a growing portfolio of major research and commercial projects. We are additionally continuing to grow our collaborations with new and established industry partners. Recent developments include the Energy Innovation Centre and the National Automotive Innovation Centre; combined these endeavours will put WMG at the centre of the largest research organisation of its kind in Europe and enable industry to work side-by-side with leading edge researchers to deliver exciting new products.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join WMG at the University of Warwick, the foremost UK facility for battery innovation, research and development. More details can be found here:

WMG: http://warwick.ac.uk/eic/

Lithium-ion batteries are seeing increased utilisation for automotive energy storage. They are used on-board vehicles in a wide range of technological applications demanding higher capacity, high-rate capability, and extended cyclability; there is, consequently, an industry-led drive to improve the productivity and reliability of the manufacturing processes used to assemble cells into module and battery systems.

As the ideal candidate you will have a background in specification, design, analysis and testing of welded structures (especially laser welding), ideally gained in an industrial setting. You will also have the ability to engage actively with industry collaborators and project partners.

You will possess a good honours or higher degree (2.1 or above), or with equivalent experience in a relevant discipline, together with a serious appetite to engage in project delivery and reporting to tight timescales. In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, including: competitive salary, an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure and bank holidays, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications. However, please note that due to the toxicity of chemicals used within this role, it is not a suitable role for pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding. The University reserves its rights under Schedule 22 of the Equality Act 2010 to ensure the protection of women in relation to pregnancy or maternity.

For an informal discussion related to this role, please contact Mark Ellis (M.Ellis@warwick.ac.uk).

Job Description

You will be employed to work on the JLR Catapult project, and lead project direction on micro-joining & non-destructive evaluation in collaboration with industry and academic partners.


1. Conduct in-depth research into joining technology and Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) in relation to electrical and thermal connections in battery systems. This will involve a comprehensive literature review as well as leading technical meetings with senior management representatives and technical specialists from industry technology providers (suppliers to the industry), academic staff within WMG, and other university departments. Ensure that a detailed work programme exists to generate the project outcomes within the agreed time frame.

2. Develop novel and appropriate methods for delivering the project to support programme decision making processes. This will require engagement with sector and subject matter specialists, at all levels of employment, to understand current industry practice and latest international standards. Prepare detailed activity specifications, liaise with the university finance and purchasing departments and generate appropriate selection criteria in order to purchase any additional external or subcontract support, computer software or capital equipment necessary to deliver the project outputs.

3. Provide comprehensive direction and support to WMG and the partners on all aspects of the project relating to:

• Creation/maintenance of welding process specifications.
• Assisting design engineering partners in identification and selection of welding processes.
• Development of novel welding & NDE processes to meet design & productivity needs unachievable with current processes.
• Define and execute test programs for establishing process robustness and design parameters for given processes and materials.
• Provide consultation to design engineering and manufacturing process engineers as necessary.

4. To support the publication of research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets. To attend and present research and project findings at professional conferences and contribute to the external visibility and profile of the department.

5. Assist with the development and delivery of training materials to disseminate and embed knowledge within project partners.

6. Develop plans to ensure that the business outputs agreed with the funding bodies are achieved within the agreed timescales and reported on a regular basis.

7. Represent the university and WMG at national and international events and report outcomes to the Principal Engineer / Project Manager and others within the research group in a timely manner.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Significant experience in Welding Engineering including experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in ‘real world’ environment. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 3
A willingness to carry out experimental work. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 4
A good understanding of technologies/experience in welding process development and current and emerging Non-Destructive Evaluation techniques for welded structures. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to perform detailed data analysis and interpretation to present results and make recommendations via briefings, presentations or written reports. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Experience of manufacturing processes engineering within a relevant industrial sector, including the ability to make recommendations for process improvements. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Experience in development and delivery of training material. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent project planning and reporting skills, with the ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to deliver rapid, commercially focused results. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 11
Good effective oral and written communication skills, presentation and training skills. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 12
Well-developed interpersonal skills capable of dealing with all levels of employment and providing effective solutions to complex situations. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 13
Ability to work within a diverse team of subject matter experts, to quickly adapt to new situations and business practices. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 14
A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 15
Skilful negotiator with the ability to influence and persuade when necessary. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
A significant level of relevant product development experience in an industrial context. Automotive Industry experience is especially relevant. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 2
A Masters or Doctoral level qualification in a relevant research area. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Professional membership of an appropriate professional institute. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Knowledge of statistical methods appropriate to welding e.g. DoE, Taguchi methods, Response-surface methods, Shainin methods, Six-sigma methods. (a) (c)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Working Environment

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Right to work in the UK

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Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Other Information
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
Closing Date
13 Dec 2018

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Job Categorydevelopment, Energy Systems, Engineer, management, production, technical support, technology

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