Research Fellow in Position, Navigation and Timing Technologies

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£35,559 per annum
24 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2023
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: 18 Months
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally £35,559 per annum
Apply by: 28/02/2023

Role Description

Research Fellow in Position, Navigation and Timing Technologies (PNT)

We welcome applications from prospective Research Fellows in position, navigation and timing. This exciting new role is not assigned to a specific research project and will be part of the Signals and Autonomy Research Group within the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems to support a variety of research activities going forwards.

About the Role

Our reputation for leading in the field of digital systems: sensor data and signal processing for position, navigation and timing, machine learning - has been established through active research in this field. The research group you would be joining is focused on research on AI-based robust and resilient position, navigation, and timing for both the present air and land systems and for the future autonomous ones. Research work covers both funded research (from research councils and directly from clients) and academic provision (MSc and PhD).

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in a relevant subject and your skills & knowledge will mean you can contribute to research & some teaching activities such as (1) research in machine learning for autonomous systems (especially for sensors and data processing for positioning, navigation and timing - PNT), (2) teaching in machine learning and position, navigation and timing technologies for our MSc courses, (3) engage with academic, business and defence stakeholders to develop and deliver research projects, and (4) assist in activities in the group with other academics, researchers and students. You will be expected to collaborate with the existing staff working in the same group and centre and have communications and meetings with our collaborators within the university, the industrial and defence partners, or in other universities. 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.

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 an 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 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. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible female candidates.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we hold an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, are sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day and signatories of the Women in Defence and Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charters.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact the head of group: Dr Ivan Petrunin prior to application by emailing

Closing date for receipt of applications:   28 February 2023

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