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Postgraduate Engineer - Powertrain Attributes

Location: Coventry, GB

POSTED DATE: 12/06/2018

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PROJECT START: As soon as a successful candidate is found. 

PROJECT DURATION: Six to Twelve Months 

LOCATION:  Gaydon, Coventry UK 


An ever-evolving heritage. A truly exciting future. Two of the world’s most iconic brands. Jaguar Land Rover is revered across the globe. Continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and redefining the benchmark for excellence, we set the standards others want to follow. We want to keep it that way too. Which is where you join the journey.



The Attributes & Virtual Powertrain team is responsible for the: Product Efficiency, Performance & Driveability and Powertrain Noise, Vibration & Harshness attributes of JLR Vehicles. This includes conducting target setting, virtual verification and physical verification of engineering requirements to ensure our attributes contribute to providing a world class experience to the end customer.

One element of the team’s responsibility that is pertinent to this project title is that of target setting and verification of on-cycle certified; Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, Electric Consumption and Electric Driving Range. A large contributor to these important high level metrics is Vehicle Road Load (Aerodynamic Drag, Tyre rolling Resistance, Vehicle Mass, Driveline Losses etc) which can be physically verified using a number of different methods that the team are investigating.

On this postgraduate placement, you’ll research and develop a JLR method and process for the delivery of certified vehicle road load settings to the chassis dynamometer emissions test without relying upon whole vehicle track based coast-down testing.


As part of your role, you’ll conduct a literature review of existing road load determination methods used in the automotive and motorsport industries (including a review of applicable EU, China and NAS legislation) 


You’ll comprehend the existing methods for road load verification currently employed by JLR, identifying the strengths and weaknesses against the alternative methods investigated. Working primarily with Research, Attributes & Virtual Powertrain and Aerodynamic teams, you’ll conduct an evaluation of potential options for non-track based coast-down road load determination including wind tunnel based method(s), identifying the most appropriate for JLR. 


You’ll develop any toolsets required to support post processing of test results and the new road load determination method and define and document the new method/process and where possible, put into action on a worked example to prove the methods feasibility and benefit to the business.



You’ll be pursuing a postgraduate degree in Mechanical, Automotive or Motorsport engineering and have a good grasp of the laws of physics and their impact upon fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  It would be desirable if you have a good comprehension of vehicle aerodynamics measurement methods, tyre rolling resistance measurement methods, vehicle coast-down testing, emissions and efficiency testing methods.


A resilient self-starter with the ability to resolve technical challenges with limited guidance, you’ll be able to deliver results under pressure, whilst responding constructively to new ideas and inputs.



Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.



This project is offered to those who are pursuing a postgraduate degree (at least MSc or equivalent) as a part of the Research Postgraduate Placement Scheme. All placements are offered on a fixed term contract and must complete within twelve months, or sooner if specified in the start and completion information as part of this specification. You will agree with your manager on a suitable start and finish time and project objectives aligned with your technical interests and business needs. Students must already have a Right to Work in the UK visa for the complete duration of the placement, and be able to undertake 40 hours per week, each week, for the duration of the project.





POSTING END DATE: 19/07/2018

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