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Technical Specialist / Lead Engineer – Power Electronics Design


Powertrain Development


Competitive salary package, negotiable dependant on experience and qualifications

Full Time

Birmingham B37 7YG, UK

About the Role

Changan is undergoing a major transformation to electrify the powertrains of our passenger car business. The UK R&D Centre is at the forefront of this work to develop the future generation of electrified, connected, and intelligent powertrains. We are looking for an experienced power electronics hardware Technical Specialist / Lead Engineer to join us to lead our work in this area.


  • Strong numeracy and literacy

  • A minimum of ten years experience is essential and preferably some of this will be in automotive

  • Good logical reasoning

  • Deep experience of Power Electronics Design ideally including Automotive Inverters with experience of “Design for Manufacture”

  • Knowledge of power electronic devices, including silicon based IGBTs and MOSFETs through to emerging SiC / GaN based technologies: gate driver, control architecture and measurement circuits, selection/characterisation of devices for inverter

  • Experience of developing hardware to meet IEC 61508 (or domain specific variant, e.g. ISO 26262)

  • Experience of relevant CAD/CAE tools for the design of Power Electronic products

  • Experience of working with teams of engineers designing and testing power electronics

  • Experience of RA/SSOW in an HV test environment

  • Evidence of achieving results through effective work against objectives

  • Good communication skills

Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Lead the design of power electronics hardware for traction drive and power conversion systems

  • Capturing and analysing requirements from different stakeholders

  • Design power electronics systems: IGBT/SiC drives, power converter including transistor selection, gate drive design, power inverter design, measurements circuits, microprocessor selection and protection strategies

  • Support the development of electrical and electronics architecture for e-drive applications including HV harness and connectors schematics

  • Perform analysis/simulation of electrical and thermal performance

  • Design and build power electronics test and measurement equipment for internal development activity

  • Developing validation tests for electrical test bench, HiL and vehicle

  • Can develop concept, proving key technologies and demonstrating the system functionality

  • Provide expertise for investigations and problem-solving activities

  • Lead the hardware DFMEA and support functional safety analysis

  • Ensure compliance with relevant EMC/EMI standards

  • Managing the technical delivery of suppliers


Other Features

  • Role based in UK with core CAUK team. Occasional travel to other CA sites including China on development trips and to visit suppliers is a requirement

  • Must be eligible to work in the UK with permanent visa or residence (candidates requiring visa sponsorship cannot be accepted for this role)

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