Senior Research Engineer - Active Safety

Salary Details:
Circa £52,000 dependent on skills & experience + competitive benefits package
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About The Role

Do you have a passion for all things automotive and would like to join an industry leader in the field of automotive research? Are you a talented engineer, looking for an opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of active safety and automated driving technology? If so, then we could have just the position you’ve been looking for.

Here at Thatcham Research we’re looking for an inquisitive Research Engineer to join our engineering research team on a full time, permanent basis. Join us as a Senior Research engineer and you’ll be responsible for leading and delivering high profile engineering research projects that shape the future requirements for active safety and collision avoidance. Projects will incorporate all aspects of active safety features including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane support systems and driver monitoring system technologies. Your knowledge will also support our research into safety assurance for automated driving.

Knowledge and practical experience of active safety regulations, consumer testing and rating schemes, along with their development would be a distinct advantage, as would transferable skills from other related transport safety industries.

As a Senior Research Engineer your key responsibilities will involve:

  • Researching and interpreting the latest developments and proposals in vehicle safety and automation
  • Providing key research, engineering and technical input to research projects developing assessment regimes for the purposes of controlling and guiding the development of future active safety and automated driving technology
  • Authoring presentations and technical reports to illustrate research status and outcomes, to achieve widespread understanding of our research topics and strategy
  • Communicating and presenting research findings to inform colleagues and influence stakeholders

As a Senor Research Engineer your skills and experience will include:

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline such as Engineering, Science, Robotics or equivalent experience
  • A good understanding of vehicle active safety and automation technologies (features and functionality, operation and limitations) and associated testing methods
  • Researching and liaising with peers and stakeholders to gather information, interpreting the data to identify key features, trends and outliers
  • Excellent research and project management skills
  • Analysing research findings, developing and authoring creative and robust technical proposals and presenting them so to influence stakeholders

What we’re looking for in you:

You are an excellent communicator with inspirational leadership skills. You have the gravitas to represent the organisation to stakeholders while demonstrating your sound technical understanding. You have a natural ability to integrate into a team, develop and build relationships and have a flexible and creative approach to undertaking projects and overcoming challenges.

As an organisation that believes a strong set of Values are key to our organisational success and a sense of belonging for all colleagues, we ask that you understand, represent and apply our Values of fearless, inquisitive, resourceful, supportive and trusted and demonstrate these Values throughout the recruitment process.

Salary: Circa £52,000 dependent on skills & experience, plus competitive benefits package which includes a 10% non-contributory pension, sick pay, competitive annual leave increasing with length of service, TechScheme Vouchers, plus more!

Location: Thatcham, Berkshire

Working Hours: 8.30 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday and 8.30 - 15.45 Fridays

About Thatcham Research

At the cutting edge of automotive research in the UK, Thatcham Research has a unique role in shaping the design of new vehicles and influencing ever higher standards of safety, security and repairability.

With an on-site Crash Laboratory, Repair Technology Centre, Training Academy and Crime Lab, our research expertise is driving some of the very latest automotive developments in technology, materials and standards in this fast moving and highly technical industry.

Thatcham Research is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. We are committed to ensuring we have a fair and inclusive recruitment process. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made at any point during your recruitment journey.

All applicants must have current and permanent Right to Work in the UK



Thatcham Research
Colthrop Way, Thatcham
Berks, RG19 4NR, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1635 868855


Company Number: 967763
VAT Number: 199 0313 48
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