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Dr Mark Ainslie

Dr Ainslie

EPSRC Early Career Fellow and Fellow, King's College

BE(Electrical & Electronic) & BA(Japanese) University of Adelaide 2004
MEng University of Tokyo 2008
PhD University of Cambridge 2012

Tel: +44 1223 339838

From July 2017, Mark is an EPSRC Early Career Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, part of Division C (Mechanics, Materials and Design) of the Department of Engineering. He is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK and his research is focused on magnetisation techniques for bulk superconductors to develop super-strength (5 T-class), portable magnets that can provide magnetic fields much higher than conventional permanent magents. He is also a Fellow of King's College.

From 2012-2017, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the same research group, working on engineering interactions of conventional, magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical applications, with a particular focus on the design of an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electrical machine. From 2012-2016, he was also a Junior Research Fellow at King's College.


5/4/2017: Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge - Superconductivity expert awarded prestigious Early Career Fellowship

3/2/2017: Superconductor Science and Technology - Outstanding Reviewers of 2016

22/9/2016: Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge - Strongest magnetic field trapped in a superconductor is a Guinness World Record

12/9/2016: Guinness World Records - Strongest magnetic field trapped in a superconductor

22/7/2016: Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge - Bulk superconductor magnetic field record achieved

13/6/2016: Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge - Dr Mark Ainslie takes superconductivity research to Parliament

15/3/2016: King's College, Cambridge - King's JRF presents research in Parliament

29/2/2016: Superconductor Science and Technology - Five papers selected in Superconductor Science and Technology's Highlights of 2015

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You can see a list of Dr Ainslie's publications here.

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

Numerical Modelling of Superconducting Materials

Engineering Interactions of Conventional, Magnetic and Superconducting Materials

Portable, High Field Magnet Systems

Superconducting Electric Machine Design

Current Student Projects

Mr Fernando Perez, PhD student, Numerical modelling and design of bulk superconductor-based electric machines

Previous Student Projects

Dr Di Hu, PhD student, Properties of high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes for electric machines

Dr Jin Zou, PhD student, Magnetisation properties of bulk superconducting materials for electric machines

Mr Yuelong Jia, Visiting PhD student from Tsinghua University, China, Numerical simulation and analysis of a saturated-core type superconducting fault current limiter

Mr Zejun Shen, Visiting PhD student from Tsinghua University, China, Computation of the field in an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electric machine

Current PhD Vacancies

Dr Ainslie is currently seeking interested students for PhD projects related to the following areas:

  • Experimental pulsed field magnetisation of bulk superconductors
  • Numerical modelling of mechanical properties of bulk superconductors<
  • Design and analysis of bulk superconductor-based high field magnet systems
  • Design and analysis of bulk superconductor-based engineering applications

A strong undergraduate (or Master's degree) background in physics or engineering is required, and prior research experience is an advantage. Relevant experience, such as low temperature experimentation, electrical machine design or control, or electromagnetic modelling, is also preferred.

For more information on fees and costs, funding schemes, immigration, and so on, please visit here.

The Department of Engineering's website provides detailed information for prospective students, including how to apply, and further information about the department here.


Electrical engineering, superconductivity, electrical machines, electrical machine design, finite element modelling, electromagnetic analysis, high temperature superconductors, low temperature experimentation, power system protection, energy storage, energy efficiency analysis