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Automotive Thermal Management

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

WMG, University of Warwick and Sponsoring Company are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at WMG and Sponsor Company, you will also spend time at Cranfield and Exeter Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.
This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with WMG, University of Warwick, the leading UK facility for battery innovation, research and development, in association with a global automotive tier 1 supplier who develop and manufacture industry-leading automotive solutions globally, with a customer base spanning all of the world’s major automakers. More details can be found here.



This studentship focuses on investigating future battery markets and the need for thermal management (cooling & heating) of battery systems. The work-plan includes assessment of market potential of alternative cell, module and pack construction and assessing market potential of a module assembly technology based around the Tier 1 supplier’s core manufacturing competency. The studentship will explore the characteristics and development of suitable solutions for a Battery Thermal Management product.
The successful candidate will be involved in: defining needs, concept development, value engineering, solution simulation, design prototyping and testing of battery cooling approaches.

Key objectives:

• Battery Market Analysis
• Novel Cell Cases: product, price and competitors
• Alternative materials for Battery Modules/Battery Packs: product, price and competitors
• Battery Cooling Concept: ideation and pre-selection of possible solutions for battery cooling in terms of future market potential, manufacturability, system costs
• Concept development and evaluation; by simulation, prototyping and testing in terms of electrical performance, pressure drop, temperature distribution and the resulting potential for improving battery lifetime and faster charging
• Assessment of system performance considering different vehicle concepts; e.g. Battery Electric Vehicles (for urban or long-range application), Plug-in Hybrid EVs, Fuel-Cell EVs, etc.

Business Need and Opportunity

As an Engineering Doctorate, this project has a unique positioning between academic research and industrial application, with an emphasis on innovation and addressing real world issues, with time split between both organisations. You will have full access to state-of-the-art facilities in WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre as well as the Tier 1 supplier’s product development expertise.



Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject e.g. electrical, materials, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace or mechanical engineering. Previous experience of working on this type of research in an industrial or academic setting is highly desirable, but we also welcome applicants from adjacent sectors with relevant skills.


• High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
• Excellent analytical and reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
• Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
• Enthusiasm for the subject
• A fundamental level of understanding of materials (not essential)



If you would like to be considered for this position or have any questions please complete our online enquiry form using the "Apply online" button below.

Funding Notes

Due to funding regulations this project is currently open to Home/EU students only.
The Studentship
Qualifying students receive an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from Sponsoring Company. For 2019 this totals approximately £20,000 per annum.
The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.
Further details about the programme are available on our CDT website

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