Research Fellow in Control Systems Engineering

United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

This project focuses on control of Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) systems using in industrial production processes or in gas and diesel engines in power generation or vehicles to maximise amount of energy recovered from waste heat through the exhaust and coolant systems and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The successful candidate will work with Williams Industrial Services Ltd., AES Killroot Power Ltd. and Quinn Building Products Ltd. to build a controller to optimise the operation of the WHR system in both simulation and real time experiment.


  • Develop and build a data acquisition and control system for the WHR process.
  • Design and develop control algorithms, control strategies for the WHR system.
  • Develop and build a WHR test rig and conduct experiments of the proposed controller in real time.
  • Analyse the experimental results and evaluate the efficiency of the control system.
  • Present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  • Prepare, often in consultation with supervisor, material for publication in national and international journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Assist grant holder in the preparation of funding proposals and applications to external bodies.
  • Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project/s to ensure that project/s are completed on time and within budget. These might include organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, risk assessment of research activities.
  • Carry out occasional undergraduate supervision, demonstrating or lecturing duties within the post holder’s area of expertise and under the direct guidance of a member of academic staff.

Planning and Organising:

  • Plan for and set research objectives for short and medium term of the project.
  • Plan for the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops where appropriate.
  • Plan own day-to day activity within framework of the agreed research programme.
  • Plan in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.
  • Plan for exploitation of the WHR technology to different industrial applications.
  • Prepare research proposals for submission for external funding.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research.






Internal and External Relationships:

  • Liaise on a regular basis with colleagues and students.
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration.
  • Join external networks to share information and ideas.
  • Contribute to the School’s outreach programme by establishing links with local community groups, industries etc.


  • Hold a PhD in a relevant area.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience of design, programming, installation and commissioning of control systems for industrial applications, sensors and actuators, modelling and control algorithms.
  • This can include relevant experience from PhD study.
  • Ability to write papers to submit to high quality journals and present at international conferences.
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.
  • Contribute to the School.
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within
  • established research programmes.
  • Ability to communicate complex information effectively.
  • Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks.
  • Demonstrable intellectual ability.
  • Ability to manage resources.
  • Willingness to travel to interface with commercial/industrial partners and/or collaborators.





  • PhD in Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic/Mechatronic or Control Engineering
  • Experience of programming for PLC and SCADA systems.
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of simulation software such as Matlab/Simulink.