Senior Motor Control Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                           Senior Motor Control Engineer

Function:                           Inverter and Control Platforms

Reporting to:                     Engineering Manager

Date of preparation:         May 2021




The world around us is experiencing significant change, the greatest in generations. 

At McLaren Applied, we’re accelerating the response to that change. Our vision is that our people and technologies will pioneer a better future.  Our mission is to achieve breakthroughs in performance.

We’re at the cutting edge of innovation in industries including automotive transportation and motorsport. We create solutions that drive efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We want to help to reduce the carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  Our focus is on electrification and telemetry, control and analytics.

To deliver efficient lightweight electric powertrain and vehicle development; motorsport solutions that make series more sustainable and efficient; reliable connectivity solutions for transportation and insightful analytics and monitoring of transport fleets.

By applying our expertise, we deliver real benefits and pioneer a better future.

Purpose of the Role

  • McLaren Applied has a strong history of producing high performance motor control electronics and software.  We are growing this area of the business.  As a Senior Motor Control Engineer you will sit within the wider Inverter and Control Platforms team.
  • You will develop electric motor controls for a range of motorsports and automotive applications. 
  • You will develop both low level power switching algorithms and also the high level torque and mode control from concept design through to practical validation on test rigs and dyno test facilities.
  • You will work with our electronic design and embedded software teams to develop control algorithms.
  • You will work on developing embedded control platforms

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Have a proven experience of designing motor control switching algorithms in either Simulink or VHDL for implementation onto FPGA hardware or microcontroller.
  • Will have technical experience with Synchronous Permanent Magnet motor behaviours and control challenges, especially with the motor switching algorithms.
  • Have a solid knowledge of SPM operation and control algorithms including field weakening.
  • Have experience with C and VHDL for control system implementation. 
  • Have a solid understanding of the requirements for the power and sensing electronics required for SPM control.
  • Have a practical knowledge of functional safety standards such as ISO26262
  • Have a First class degree or upper 2nd in relevant engineering or science subjects or equivalent experience.

 In addition the following skills and experience are desirable;

  • Any experience with high speed switching technologies, including SiC semiconductors.
  • Experience with the design of automotive electronics and software.
  • Experience with motor efficiency, thermal and performance testing.
  • Experience with Hardware in the Loop simulation, especially dSpace systems.
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink for control system modelling and code generation.



Values and Behaviours


You will be a key representative of McLaren Technology Group’s Values and Behaviours, the framework of which can be found here.


All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.


This job description may not detail all duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature which are commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.


McLaren Applied are committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) and promote DEI in all we do