Research Fellow in Autonomous Systems and Control

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£35,425 per annum
Monday, 1 July 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period until September 2021
Salary £35,425 per annum
Posted Date 01/07/2019
Apply by 16/07/2019

Role Description

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university specialising in technology and management research whilst demonstrating global leadership in the quality of its education provision (both to students and to executive-level professionals). Cranfield is number one in the UK for training and producing engineering and technology postgraduates, ranked number one for defence education and fourth for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise, 81% of our research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Cranfield has also been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education four times, for our Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (2005), work in Humanitarian De-Mining (2007), Aviation Safety through research and training in air accident investigation (2011) and for our research on water and sanitation for developing countries (2015). Critical intellectual mass at Cranfield has recently been organised around eight major themes, Energy, Environment, Leadership and Management, Manufacturing, Transport, Aerospace, Defence and Security, and Agrifood; each supported by a theme leader who provides strategic direction and thought leadership. The themes reflect the core strengths and they pull together the breadth of the talent and experience across the University enabling researchers to apply a multi-disciplinary approach that enables cross-boundary collaboration, benefiting researchers, students and clients.

The aerospace theme is led by Professor Iain Gray, and represents one of the largest academic centers in Western Europe for strategic applied research, development and design within aerospace. This is represented by a number of advanced facilities, tools and expertise in the field, including capabilities unique to Cranfield, and several close commercial partnerships with companies, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls Royce. The aerospace theme at Cranfield has also seen significant University investment over recent years, including the development of a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre. This is to be built at Cranfield University, with Airbus and Rolls-Royce as co-investment partners, following the award of funding from the Higher Education.

This position is to support the delivery of research on autonomous systems and more specifically on control design concepts for urban air mobility platforms but also on related commercial consultancy, and training and postgraduate supervision (PhD, MSc) activities within the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems. The appointed staff is expected to work closely with all three research teams of the Centre (autonomous systems, space systems and signal processing) as well as the Aerospace Integration Research Centre.

The post will involve collaboration with academic and industrial partners. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with staff from all organisations across a wide range of disciplines to discuss research methodologies. The ability to communicate, rapidly assess information, resolve problems and respond in a timely manner is essential. A PhD (or close to completion) in Aerospace or related engineering/science subject is essential. Industrial experience would be an advantage.

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Director of Research for SATM / Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, on (T) +44 (0)1234 75 8211 or (E)

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.