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Electrical Engineer - Batteries

  • Role Type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Cambridge

  • Closing Date
  • 31/05/2019

Job Description

The Role

An opportunity exists within the Battery Development Team for a Battery Systems Electrical Engineer to deliver on-going client technology projects.

Job Duties:

  • Deliver technical content of client projects
  • Develop electrical architectures for bespoke client battery projects
  • Select electrical components suitable for specific battery designs and liaise with suppliers to agree specifications
  • Assist in the process of appropriate battery cell selection for client specific battery projects
  • Develop and calculate battery cell electrical configurations
  • Perform detailed electrical design calculations for low voltage and high voltage battery and vehicle systems
  • Provide electrical knowledge and design support to the wider electrification teams within Ricardo
  • Work on the electrical design integration of electrification systems from prototype through to full series production on client hybrid and electric vehicle projects
  • Interface directly with clients on technical issues, occasionally working as part of the client engineering team at the client site or any one of the Ricardo offices
  • Support lead engineers in other areas of Ricardo in the development of electrical and electronic systems
  • Work to client quality procedures and validation processes
  • Support the development of future products and services
  • Support business development activities with technical input
  • Be proactive, self-motivated, and demonstrate attention to detail in a design environment

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • The successful applicant will have a sound engineering background, ideally in an automotive field, and a number of years of experience of successfully delivering projects in a controls and electronics environment either in an OEM or Tier 1 capacity
  • Minimum of a degree in an Engineering or Science related discipline (e.g. electrical and electronic engineering/mechanical engineering/physics/computer science/software engineering/maths/control engineering)
  • Knowledge of battery architectures and cell chemistries used in hybrid & electric vehicles.
  • Knowledge of designing automotive high current and high voltage (12 to 1200Vdc) power systems, (connectors, bus bars, cables, contactors & fusing, insulation requirements)
  • Experience of electrical component integration (up to 800V)
  • Experience of design & development for low or high-volume products particularly HV battery systems and sub systems in a tier 1 or OEM environment
  • An understanding of project delivery approaches within a systems engineering environment.
  • Good interpersonal and client facing skills
  • Strong teamwork, organizational, oral communication, and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • It would be beneficial, but not essential if the applicant had some experience or knowledge in any of the following fields:
  • Experience in battery management systems for Hybrid vehicle systems
  • Analytical approach to developing controls algorithms in an automotive environment
  • Experience in a model-based development languages such as Matlab/Simulink
  • Familiar with laboratory & field development & test equipment
  • Experience of DC-DC converter and battery charger design and development
  • Experienced in DFMEA for Electrical Systems
  • Hands on experience of working live with HV systems (>60V)
  • Familiar with product delivery process from requirements capture through to design validation of hybrid and electric vehicle battery systems
  • Experience in compliance engineering to external standards, such as battery handling, EMC, vehicle safety, functional safety ISO26262 etc