PhD Studentship Electric vehicle energy storage, optimisation and control

Application deadline: 2 January 2014

  • Award type: PhD
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Duration of award: 3 Years


Dr Daniel Auger – Lecturer in Advanced Control & Optimisation
Professor F Assadian – Professor in Automotive Engineering

Supported by TSB


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Automotive Engineering, in the field of Electric Vehicle Energy Storage, Optimisation and Control. The research is in collaboration with a major partner from the automotive industry, the battery industry and academia, and will focus on the derivation of control-oriented models of a novel battery technology and the development of advanced control and estimation algorithms for the real-time optimisation of a novel electric vehicle battery system.

We may make an offer before 02 January 2014 if a suitable candidate is found.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the post must have a first-class or upper second-class degree in engineering or a related area. An automotive engineering background would be a distinct advantage as would experience with electric or hybrid vehicles, mathematical modelling and feedback control theory


Studentships will be paid a tax-free stipend of at approximately £13,700 p.a. for 3 years, plus tuition. This is subject to any eligibility criteria imposed on us by our funding body. Due to funding restrictions the funding is only eligible to UK or EU natioanals.

Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with our Automotive Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).

A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside the generic core skills training programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.

About the department

Department of Automotive Engineering

The Department of Automotive Engineering has excelled in providing research and teaching for the automotive sector for over fifty years. Led by Prof Francis Assadian, the Department has developed dedicated facilities to support state-of-the-art research and its exceptional links with industry ensure all education programmes provide students with the most relevant knowledge and skills.

The Department, comprised of the Automotive Mechatronics Centre and the Automotive Engineering Group, specialises in all aspects of the design of road vehicles, the evaluation of new technologies and the improvement of automotive product engineering processes.

With a basis of applied automotive research, our key areas of expertise include:

    • Hybrid Electric and Alternative Powertrain
    • Modelling and Simulation, and Advance Control Design
    • Vehicle Dynamics and Active Chassis Control
    • Braking Systems
    • Transmission and Driveline
    • Engine Technologies and Bi-Fuel Research

How to apply

To apply please follow the online application process. You can also contact Dr Daniel Auger by email at with any questions.

We may make an offer before 02 January 2014 if a suitable candidate is found. We would like the successful candidate to start ASAP

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