PhD Studentship: Tracked Electric Vehicles

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Short info about job

Company: Newcastle University

Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Hours: Full Time

Type / Role: PhD

Phone: +44-1241 3691375

Fax: +44-1553 9000793

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job PhD Studentship: Tracked Electric Vehicles. Terms and conditions vacancy

Value of award

£56,244 in total (over 3 years). Funding covers the cost of fees and provides an annual maintenance of £14,553 (2017/18 figures). UK, EU and international applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: Start dates: 15.10.2017 or later but no later than 1.1.2018

Duration: 3 years

Application closing date: 8 September 2017. Applications will be viewed when received and a response provided before the closing date (where possible)


Electric vehicle sales grew 60 percent worldwide last year. In order to increase future growth in electric vehicles a fully developed EV charging infrastructure is required. The installation of the EV charging infrastructure is, however, growing slower compared to EV sales. In order to speed up charging installation a new revolutionary charging infrastructure idea has been proposed called Tracked Electric Vehicle System (TEV). TEV is a premanufactured road that is designed for EVs to be charged during driving. TEV is a dynamic road charging concept that will also provide a platform where EVs will drive autonomously, at high speed and in convoys. The PhD Project is to research and to develop the design of the TEV concept.

Newcastle University has a long standing and vibrant international leading research group in the field of electric vehicles. This project is funded by a UK company and general information on the TEV concept can be found in You will be part of the Electrical Power Research Group which is Britain’s largest academic research group in the field of Electrical Power with over 100 researchers and 110 MSC students.

More information on existing research in this area can be found here: Electrical Power Research Group


Philadelphia Scientific (U.K.) Ltd. and the School of Engineering at Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Volker Pickert (Head of the Electrical Power Research Group) & Caroline Carrick (TEV Manager)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should be educated to at least BEng (Hons) level and should have a good understanding in power electronics and materials. Applicants should have typically a 1st degree in (electrical/mechanical) or physics. Applicants with a 2.1 are welcome to apply but must show clearly evidence of strength in power electronics engineering and materials science.

International applicants are welcome too but must have a 1st degree in a relevant MSc program.

Finally it is expected from the candidate to be passionate about cars and transport.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please 'Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) Electrical & Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ee045 in the studentship/partnership reference field

You must also attach a CV, certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts, a personal statement describing relevant experience (maximum 2 pages), 2 references, and proof of eligibility (eg passport or residence permit). 

Applicants will only be contacted if selected for interview.


For all queries please email Professor Volker Pickert ([email protected]).

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