Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Novel Aircraft Systems Design

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£26,860 to £35,559 per annum
27 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 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 3 Years
Salary Research Assistant: Starting salary is normally £26,860 to 30,513 per annum. Research Fellow: Starting salary is normally £35,559 per annum
Apply by 19/03/2023

Role Description

About the Role

This role will be contributing to research on an Airbus led, Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)/IUK funded project, named ONEheart, as part of a large team.  It involves research activities such as the development of methods and tools for the development of physical architectures (3D rapid parametric aircraft geometries with systems layout and routing) for novel aircraft configurations. These methods will be employed to conduct airframe systems integration studies.

About You

To be appointed at Research Fellow level, you will be educated to doctoral level with a PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Computational Engineering (or very close to completion).  Alternatively, you will have a relevant Masters in order to be appointed at Research Assistant level. You will have experience in low-fidelity physics-based analysis methods for aircraft disciplines, i.e., aerodynamics and structures, aircraft mission performance analysis for novel propulsion architectures (electric/hybrid-electric, etc.) and knowledge of aircraft preliminary design.  You will enjoy composing project deliverables and giving presentations, and be able to assist in project integration workshops and other meetings.  With excellent communication skills, you will also be a good team player, and have the ability to cope with pressure. Project planning is also an important skill for this post along with the ability to demonstrate self-motivation, perseverance, and initiative.

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 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.

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 Dr Atif Riaz, on (E):

Apply online now. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number: 4446

Closing date for receipt of applications: 19 March 2023

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