Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Lead Flying Laboratory Demonstrator

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£43,351 to £48,323 per annum (Lecturer) or £53,205 to £59,302 per annum (Senior Lecturer)
11 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2020
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 (Lecturer) or £53,205 to £59,302 per annum (Senior Lecturer)
Posted Date 10/02/2020
Apply by 12/03/2020

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:

The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) is a unique facility based at Cranfield University providing both a 'flying laboratory' for over 1,200 undergraduate and 400 postgraduate engineering students each year and a bespoke research and development service to the aerospace industry.  Currently, the Centre operates four aircraft from the University’s own airport, including a Jetstream 31 flying laboratory, which flies undergraduate and postgraduate students, from Cranfield and around the UK.

We are seeking to recruit a full-time Lecturer / Senior Lecturer and Lead Flying Laboratory Demonstrator to manage the flying program and provide research and teaching experience to the Aerospace Engineering theme in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM).

This is a challenging role which will require you to be self-motivated and organised in your approach, as you will be in charge of the student flying program which serves over 20 UK universities, a university from Ireland and a significant cohort of Cranfield University students. Previous experience in flight test or aviation environment, with a high level of understanding of flight mechanics and flight dynamics is required, as you must be comfortable lecturing students in these subject areas. This role involves conducting some of the flying courses away from home for several days at a time, throughout the year. Previous exposure to working in the Aerospace industry and a research environment is also desirable, as you are also expected to contribute to the research and teaching in the Aerospace theme within the School, in addition to the flying laboratory commitments in NFLC.

At Senior Lecturer you will be expected to provide leadership in respect of potentially acting as a Course Director, Principal Investigator of major grants and research projects, and as an ambassador and recognised expert for the University.

As a minimum, you will have a PhD in aerospace engineering or equivalent, with Chartered Engineer status and significant experience lecturing in flight dynamics and flight mechanics. A research or industry track record in aerospace is also expected, with evidence of publications in these areas. Previous experience of management in an aviation or aviation regulatory and safety environment, is also desirable.

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. 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.

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 Professor Nicholas Lawson, Professor of Aerodynamics and Airborne Measurement and Head of the National Flying Laboratory Centre, on +44 (0)1234 75 8245 or (E);