Advanced Battery Abuse Modelling Engineer

over 1 year ago
Full time role
In-person · Bristol, England, GB... more
In-person · Bristol, England, GB... more

Job Description

Why work with us? 

We are breaking the boundaries and pushing our commitment in the EVTOL world by Changing the way the world travels. Our mission is powered by pioneers and progress is our prerogative.  

Here at Vertical, we are developing the UK’s first fully electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), the VX4. With zero-operating emissions. Vertical is transforming the way people travel through offering a faster, safer and greener way to move.     

Founded in 2016, Vertical is a leading aerospace and technology company, with the largest global pre-order book with prestigious airline partners such as Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, and our exceptional partner ecosystem includes the likes of Rolls-Royce and Honeywell. 

My Impact as Advanced Battery Abuse Modelling Engineer

Thrive on working on new and novel engineering concepts. You will join a team of highly motivated people that are passionate about creating robust designs using the latest technology to find optimised results for our new generation of battery packs to support our aircraft program.
The Advance Battery Abuse Modelling Engineer will be mainly responsible for delivering models capable of modelling typical cell abuse cases and thermal propagation This requires working with universities and research partners, developing methodologies, using various software, working under uncertainty as this is a new field constantly developing, and creating test standards

What success will look like for the Advanced Battery Abuse Modelling Engineer will

  •  Lead the development of abuse modelling methodologies
  • Identify the correct types of models that should be used to answer the engineering questions, and shape the fundamental approach to battery modelling within the company
  • Work with Test Team to develop a model led test plan to optimize testing strategy
  • Critically review and propose test and modelling activities to deliver a certified battery
  • Work closely with System Team supporting activities such as DFMEA
  • Lead the battery abuse modelling activities, to deliver the design Virtual Verification at key program gateways
  • Demonstrate that the design meets the requirements through simulation, analysis, and validation
  • Develop models based on customer requirements, creating tests for each requirement, and develop a method to estimate the model quality rating from the model assumptions, type and validation activities
  • Design and develop sensitivity studies and DOEs to support and optimize the design of all the systems inside the battery boundary.
  • Work closely with the mechanical design team to assess functionality and performance of the design
  • Calculate the safety related KPIs for concept iteration
  • Modelling and analysis of battery safety strategy under key abuse cases, using combinations of both 1D and 3D mechanical, fluid and thermal analysis tools
  • Follow industry codes and standards
  • Develop techniques to improve the accuracy of models
  • Support test engineers in designing tests to validate the models and improve model accuracy
  • Develop modelling guidelines, documentation and standards,
  • Create technical reports, summarizing the results of simulation and analysis activities and suggest improvements to the design, test and modelling approach
  • Work with Universities and Research partners to deliver a project.

Everything sounds very interesting but how do I know this is the role for me? 

We are looking for people that will have the following qualifications and experiences: 

  • MSc or PhD Degree in Applied Physics, Mechanical, Aerospace, or related engineering field (Chemistry degree with relevant engineering experience considered).
  • Knowledge of Li-ion battery electrochemical-thermal performance, common battery cell chemistries, impact of different cell designs on cell performance, and pack design
  • Strong knowledge of chemistry, solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics
  •  Strong knowledge of CFD and FEM
  • Experience with commercial CFD software, such as Ansys Fluent, StarCCM or similar.
  • Knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink/Simscape, experience modelling typical cell abuse cases, and good understanding of the physical phenomena relevant to these events
  • Sensing and data acquisition/ Instrumentation knowledge
  • Understanding of how system level requirements for performance, safety, and durability drive model requirements
  • Knowledge and experience applying Systems Engineering principles
  • Ability to decompose complex processes into understandable components, to work through problems, starting with first principles calculations and working through to detailed simulation or test.
  • Ability to manage their own time and coordinate with others to prioritise and deliver long-term goals with limited oversight.
  • Strong critical mindset, working from first principles and academic research
  • Ability to learn new concepts and methods, propose design of experiments, and execute independently


  • Experience in aerospace
  • Research or working experience in the battery simulation field
  • Experience with hands-on lithium-ion battery testing
  • Understanding of ageing mechanisms of Li-ion batteries
  • CAD experience


What can you expect from us?  For us it is important that people feel valued for the impact they have and are able to thrive and experience the career journey of a lifetime. Our overall approach to reward seeks to offer competitive packages that attract the diverse and talented people we need to achieve our ambitious objectives 

Our Vertical Additional Benefits  

  • ‘Primary Benefits’ are available as standard, 5% Pension Match, 2 x Salary Life Insurance, Income Protection, 26 days + bank holiday and the opportunity for extra 5 days when getting married or forming a civil partnership 
  • ‘Flex Fund Benefits’ are benefits that don’t come as standard, but you can ‘pay’ for using a company provided ‘Flex Fund’ (equal to 4% of salary) Private Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, EV Car Subscription, Home EV Charger, Holiday Buy, Pension Top Up, and many more
  • ‘Payroll benefits’ Workplace ISA, Commuter Loan, Interest Free Technology Loans
  • ‘Extra benefits’ are the many benefits we offer that can be accessed through our rewards platform, incl. Discounted Shopping Scheme, Eye Care Benefits, Free Mortgage Advice, Financial and Comprehensive Wellness Benefits
  • Eligibility to participate in our market leading employee long-term-incentive plan 

Our Ways of Working In the UK we have two offices and a Battery facility in Bristol, an office in London and a site in Kemble with well stocked free kitchen provisions including hot drinks, fruit and breakfasts every weekday. Our typical full time working week is 37.5 hours. We recognise the world of work is rapidly evolving and that 9-5 is no longer a fitting pattern for many. We want to support all employees to deliver their roles to the best possible standard by offering an additional level of flexibility between our sites and home where suitable for your role. Typically, this is agreed with your team, ensuring there are times for collaboration on site and work from home as appropriate.  

Do you like the look of this opportunity but not sure if you meet all the criteria we’ve outlines? Here at Vertical, we are working to create an environment of growth, diversity and opportunities for people to take on challenges and push the status quo. 

We understand some people may not apply to jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure... we'd love to hear from you.   

This is an on-going advert and interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received. 

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