Research Fellow in Vertiport Automation

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£33,809 per annum
16 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

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 18 Months
Salary Full time starting salary is normally £33,809 per annum
Apply by 07/02/2022

Role Description

We welcome applications from prospective post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the Increasing Vertiport Automation Networks project. This role will primarily require vertiport automation research in our exciting air/unmanned traffic management (ATM/UTM) studies but will also involve wider contributions and activities, including teaching and PhD/MSc student supervision.

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. We are in the top 50 in the world for Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing (QS world rankings 2021) and in the top 5 in the UK.

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. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

At the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-physical Systems, our reputation for leading in the field of autonomous and space systems, vibro-acoustics and signal processing has been established through more than thirty years of research into this field. We cover all types of autonomous vehicles including airborne, ground and marine as well as space.

You will be expected to perform vertiport automation relevant research work, mainly including (1) research design and methodology development; (2) simulation module development; (3) data collection and analysis; (4) supporting our onsite flight demonstration campaigns; and (5) formal reporting and dissemination of findings via oral presentations and written reports.

You will be also expected to author and submit academic articles to high quality journals for publication and dissemination. Contributions to academic supervision (both MSc and PhD students) and teaching, and support research funding application activities.

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion) in a relevant subject and have research experience in air traffic management (ATM), unmanned traffic management (UTM), and/or airport planning, with a strong track record in peer-reviewed publications. You will have expertise in airspace capacity modelling, scheduling algorithms or trajectory prediction. Knowledge of urban air mobility and vertiport concept of operations would be an advantage.

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.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and/or 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. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Yan Xu, Lecturer in Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS), (E);

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