Research Fellow in Terramechanics

Shrivenham, United Kingdom
£33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Friday, 6 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security
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 Fixed Term Contract for 12 months
Salary £33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Apply by 05/04/2020

Role Description

Cranfield University Cranfield Defence and Security welcomes applications from Terramechanics.   

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

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The Centre for Defence Engineering (CDE) is based in Shrivenham at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.  This vacancy is for a research post focused on terramechanics to address an exciting research problem concerning tyre-soil interaction.  The successful applicant will work within the Vehicles and Mechatronics group (VMG).  The VMG and CDE have access to extensive laboratory facilities including an extensive Engineering Dynamics Centre (EDC).

The primary objective of this project is to develop a viable laboratory testing mechanism to understand scalability relations in vehicle mobility performance e.g. tractive effort and drawbar pull vs slip.  Under the direction of the line manager, the role holder will design, organise and conduct highly specialised and advanced experiments using both scaled and full-size systems to evaluate the scalability of mobility performance parameters such as drawbar pull and tractive effort; summarise findings and publish results in research journals; assume general responsibility for scientific operations of the laboratory.

You will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in a mechanical engineering related areaand an undergraduate degree in an appropriate engineering or physical sciences related area.

Experience in a Vehicle dynamics and Terramechanics related research environment and the ability to independently perform the experimental investigation for a research project (instrumentation, calibration, data capturing, analysis and documentation) is essential.

You will have a good understanding of Mechanical Engineering and knowledge of vehicle dynamics and terramechanics.

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

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.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

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.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Gareth Appleby-Thomas, on (T) +44 (0)1793 785020 or (E)

Interviews will be held 21 April 2020.