Research Assistant in Low Emissions Gas Turbine Combustion Systems

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£24,739 per annum
03 Mar 2021
End of advertisement period
01 May 2021
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 30 months
Salary £24,739 per annum
Apply by 01/05/2021 

Role Description

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield University, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM), Centre for Propulsion Engineering welcomes applications from Researchers in Low Emissions Gas Turbine Combustion Systems.

About the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

The Centre for Propulsion Engineering, within SATM, has a strong track record in power plant modelling and performance simulation research. Research activities in the past 50 years, on gas turbine applications in power and propulsion, cover virtually every aspect of the field, such as steady-state and transient performance simulation, diagnostics, novel cycles, engine control, advanced simulation methods and integration. Extensive participation in various EU and UK based projects has strengthened and established the centre as a key contributor to path breaking research while acquiring a eripheral view of the emergence of new technologies in the field. The Centre for Propulsion Engineering staff also run a large and extremely successful international activity embracing applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes. This enjoys global visibility and extensive links with industry.

About the Role

The Centre is looking to expand its internationally renowned activities by the recruitment of a full time Research Assistant.  The tasks within this job will specifically relate to Cranfield University’s low emissions combustion liquid spray analytical and experimental research and innovation. The Research Assistant will be a key member of a team contributing to a bilateral research collaboration between Cranfield University and a world leading industrial gas turbine original equipment manufacturer. A key aspect of this research will involve charactering droplet and spray characteristics of liquid fuel injectors of low emissions gas turbine combustion systems, through the use of state-of-the-art laser diagnostic instrumentation. The experiments will be conducted over a range of inlet pressures, temperatures and mass flows utilizing the Centre’s unique pebble bed facility.

About You

You will be educated to master (or equivalent) level in gas turbines, combustion or any aerospace engineering discipline and have experience in gas turbine (combustion) experimental research using relevant measurement instrumentation, with excellent knowledge in gas turbine performance and combustion. You will have advanced skills in CAD and CAE software for mechanical design and ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. You will be expected to have good presentation and technical report writing skills. Experience with laser diagnostics on spray and combustion would be an advantage. 

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.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown 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 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.

Flexible Working

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. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Xiaoxiao Sun, Research Fellow in Hydrogen Micromix Combustion, on +44 (0)1234 75 2941 or (E);