Senior Research Engineer (Electromagnetic Design)

Bristol, GB

GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering group that make essential components for industries that touch lives across the globe

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Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers and achieved sales of £3.35 2023. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is seeking a highly skilled Senior Electromagnetic Design Engineer with electric propulsion design experience to join our innovative team.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of flight through the design, development, prototyping, and testing of high-power, high-performance electrical machines and drive systems for future aircraft propulsion. Your expertise will be crucial in contributing to a significant technology development project aimed at achieving greener aviation and protecting our environment for future generations.
You will be required to spend at least 3 days a week in the office collaborating with the team. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Own the electromagnetic design and analysis of electric machines from requirements definition, through to concept, detail analysis, test and verification
  • Provide engineering analysis and first principle calculations in support of your electromagnetic designs or in order to validate peers results
  • Lead the selection of electrical machine type, topology, sizing to support high level requirements
  • Support technical discussions with customers during RFI phase and during the programme development, as well as other business development activities
  • Lead and support ‘hands on’ development activities of electromagnetic materials and novel design solutions in the workshop
  • Liaise with suppliers and partners in support of the design and development of electric propulsion systems
  • Lead capability development in electromagnetic simulation and support testing activities to ensure end to end verification processes
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for technical innovation and intellectual property (IP) development, publication and conferences
  • Generate technical reports and presentations to support technical reviews and TRL gates
  • Support robust forward planning of technical work in the design office and workshop activities in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team

What you'll bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:



  • Experience of electromagnetic design of electric machines
  • In-depth experience in the use of electromagnetic and thermal modelling simulation tools ( eg Comsol, Simcenter, ANSYS Maxwell and MotorCAD)
  • Strong understanding of engineering principles for electromagnetic design and analysis, and experience generating first principles calculations
  • Good understanding of motor control and power electronics engineering principles applied to the design and interactions with electrical machines
  • Knowledge of materials and effects of properties in the design and analysis of electric machines
  • Experience with FMEAs and safety critical engineering practices
  • Experience in the design of PMSM, IM, SynR and any other high performance topologies for electric machines in traction/propulsion applications



  • Experience in the design and analysis of electromagnetic components for cryogenic environments would be highly desirable
  • Good understanding of mechanical working principles of electric machines
  • Experience in vehicle electrification
  • Familiarity with system engineering standard practices for the development of complex systems
  • Experience of electromagnetic design of electric machines, especially for high performance traction/propulsion applications
  • Experience in simulation of vibration, failure conditions, fault tolerance analysis and NVH for electric machines


We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriate, concise, and accurate information effectively, both in written and verbal formats. This includes conveying complex technical concepts clearly to expert audiences while also making them accessible and understandable to non-expert stakeholders. Your ability to adapt your communication style to different audiences will be crucial in ensuring seamless collaboration and understanding across our multidisciplinary teams.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Competitive salary dependant on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 


As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further.  And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working


Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology. ​


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Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom

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