Research Assistant in Simulation and AI

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£28,763 to £35,951 per annum
14 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2022
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 2 years
Salary Full time starting salary is in the range of £28,763 to £35,951 per annum
Apply by 24/01/2022

Role Description

We welcome applications from prospective Research Assistants in Simulation and AI with relevant knowledge and experience, to work on various industrial and research agency funded projects.

About the Role

Cranfield University has been awarded several prestigious research grants on simulation, AI, digital twins, autonomy, and advanced air mobility. We are recruiting a Research Assistant to work under the umbrella of our general research vector in autonomy and AI. You will contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-physical Systems on a variety of exciting projects. You will be expected to collaborate with the existing staff working in the area and have communications and meetings with our collaborators within the university or in other international universities.

About You

You will be educated to M.Sc. level in a relevant subject and have experience of management research using both qualitative and quantitative methods, along with excellent communication skills. You are expected to have excellent software and programming skills covering a wide range of tools in simulation, synthetics, visualization, human-machine interfaces and applied artificial intelligence. As a part of your work, you are expected to develop simulation environments including visualization, human-machine interfaces, embed AI driven algorithms utilizing a wide range of available state-of-art toolchains. Previous demonstrated experience and expertise on the above points is a must.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Aerospace is at the heart of Cranfield’s global research airport and is renowned throughout the world for its teaching and research in the fields of aviation and aerospace.  Cranfield Aerospace’s six centres are the powerhouses of our world class research, driving technological and conceptual advances in aeronautics, propulsion engineering, cyber-physical systems and intelligent automation. Through the strong links with industry built over the past 70 years, we focus on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace management of the future and are the only university in Europe with our own airport and runway.  Cranfield Aerospace is internationally recognised as the first choice for research and education in all aspects of aerospace including aircraft, drones, urban air mobility and space.  Find out more about our work here About Aerospace.

Our reputation for leading in the field of autonomy and AI, advanced air mobility, ATM/UTM, autonomous vehicle systems, applied artificial intelligence and control engineering has been established through more than thirty years of research into this field.

We are recipients of several prestigious grants from industry and research agencies including EPSRC, Horizon Europe, Innovate UK and more. As a part of these grants, we are utilizing novel synthetic simulations including air vehicles with higher fidelity models as to train AI-driven learning algorithms. As such these synthetic simulations also serve as the basis of digital-twins that can be updated through real-time or near-real-time algorithms during actual operations. As such, these synthetic environments can be further used as ATM/UTM use case-scenario simulation and serve as the link to co-simulation and co-testing with some elements being virtual and with some elements being real.

We work in partnership with industrial clients and research organisations to provide high quality training, research, development and consultancy to meet the challenges of these competitive markets. We have an outstanding international reputation for the quality of our work and our capability of performing both theoretical and experimental studies.

Our work covers academic provision (MSc and PhD) and research. Research works span from fundamental research and development to single client contract research and development.

Our Values and Commitments

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. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022.  This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where job roles allow.

How to apply

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Gokhan Inalhan on

Interviews to be held:  Week commencing 31 January 2022