Research Fellow in Industrial Psychology and Human Factors

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£33,309 per annum
22 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
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 for 2 years
Salary £33,309 per annum
Apply by 09/01/2020

Role Description

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate institution and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. It is one of the top five research-intensive universities in the UK and has an unrivalled reputation for transforming cutting edge technology, management and science into practical, life-enhancing solutions. In the last UK Research Excellence Framework [REF] over 80% of the research carried out by Cranfield University was assessed to be either world or internationally leading, indicating the quality and impact of the work carried out at Cranfield University.

The Aerospace theme at Cranfield University has been at the forefront of aerospace technology for over 60 years, delivering multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing the aviation industry. Within this theme, the Centre for Structures, Assembly and Intelligent Automation specialises in combining engineering and social science research to enhance the integration of people in advanced robotic and digital industrial systems, offering cutting-edge equipment and facilities in the new Aerospace Integration Research Centre. The Industrial Psychology and Human Factors (IPHF) group is a sub-team of psychologists / ergonomists who are responsible for supplying social science specialism within the Centre, and applying expertise in traditional and novel human analysis and user-centred design techniques.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to join the Industrial Psychology and Human Factors (IPHF) team to work on teaching and research projects including an EPSRC funded project: Digital Toolkit for optimisation of operators and technology in manufacturing partnerships (DigiTOP) to develop digital human-robot interaction analysis tools. It will require working independently and as part of a team on various field / case studies in industrial environments as well as on experimental studies in laboratory settings including the Centre’s state of the art Intelligent Automation laboratory.

This post requires a PhD and good foundational knowledge in relevant social science / engineering subject(s). You will be able to demonstrate effective skills and experience in the appropriate selection of research design, data collection and analysis techniques (both qualitative and quantitative methods), and in clear dissemination of findings in good quality written reports and publications. You will also be able to demonstrate excellent oral communication and presentation skills.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Fletcher, Senior Research Fellow in Industrial Psychology and Human Factors, on +44 (0)1234 758234 or email:

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.

Our Cranfield shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Each of our four values are supported by a high-level statement and framework to guide the way we behave, to find out more please visit our website:

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