Lecturer in Flight Dynamics

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£43,351 to £48,323 per annum
Jan 15, 2021
End of advertisement period
Feb 14, 2021
Contract Type
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 Permanent
Salary £43,351 to £48,323 per annum
Apply by 14/02/2021

Role Description

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.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website:

Cranfield’s Aerospace theme is led by Professor Iain Gray, and represents one of the largest academic centres 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 building of a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) in 2017, with Airbus and Rolls-Royce as co-investment partners. For further information please visit our website:

The Centre for Aeronautics within the Aerospace theme is one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods. Two of the University’s flagship courses are delivered from the Centre: our master's programmes in Aerospace Vehicle Design and Aerospace Dynamics. These courses have run successfully since the establishment of the original Cranfield College of Aeronautics in 1946. For further information on the centre, please visit our website:

We are interested in hearing from applicants with a track record in theoretical and practical knowledge in some of the areas of flight dynamics, flight control, aeroservoelastics, feedback flow control or related to contribute to the delivery of the master’s programmes.    

You will have a PhD in flight dynamics, aeroelastics, flight control or a related area. You will have experience in writing high quality papers in top rated journals and in developing research proposals. You must be proficient in oral and written communications and have a strong track record in publication. You must demonstrate the ability to engage with industry and wider stakeholders through your relevant experience.  

You will be expected to develop and expand existing links with The E this level there will be a key role in providing the flight dynamics,  simulation and pilot in the loop capacity for the AIRC, a new national centre working closely with Airbus and Rolls-Royce on topics such as flexible wings, agile modelling, trajectory optimisation, pilot decision making (in close connection with our Human Factors group). The person will provide contribution and leadership in the development and operation of state of the art simulators at varying fidelities as well as in projects looking at the future of aviation incorporating alternative propulsion and new technologies. You will have a substantial reputation in your field and a proven track record of either teaching and MSc/PhD supervision or industrial experience in research and development. You will have a clear record of impact, having generated substantial and sustained research income.

You will be expected to write and win funding for research proposals from RCUK, Innovate and Europe as well as directly from Industry. Targets for such funding will be set annually through the Performance & Development Review process.

Further information on the activities of the Dynamics, Simulation & Control Group can be found at

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of 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. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.  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.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr James Whidborne, Head of Dynamics, Simulation and Control Group on E: