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Research Associate

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
31 Dec 2024

Job Details

General Details

Position Code: 3861
Position Type: Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration: 15/Nov/2023  to 30/Sep/2024
Position Title: Research Assistant
 8474000585 / VTOL UAV (SI_BoT)
Project Title: Design, Build, and Fly a Novel Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Project Supervisor: Rafic Ajaj, Associate Professor,
Academic Department: Aerospace Department
Relevant Research Center: ARIC
Technical Keywords: VTOL Aircraft, Power Sharing, Stability and Control, Propulsion System

About Khalifa University

Khalifa University is ranked 181st in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories — “verticals” and “horizontals” — which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

Currently, there is a growing demand for VTOL UAVs in both the military and civilian sectors due to their multi-functionality which allows them to perform a wide range of missions. It is anticipated that there is a huge demand for VTOL UAVs in the UAE for both civilian and military applications (especially for close air support missions). It is worth noting that close air support missions require a high level of maneuverability and agility at low speeds.

KU is seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to work on developing and maturing a novel VTOL RC aircraft concept. Research activities include simulation, modeling, and optimization followed by building a simplified prototype and extensive experimental testing.

Position Requirements

  • Develop a novel, small VTOL RC aircraft capable of achieving high-level maneuverability at low and high speeds suitable for close air support missions.
  • Develop the propulsion system of the aircraft.
  • Evaluate the performance, stability, and control of the aircraft in different flight scenarios.
  • Conduct comprehensive propulsion system, structural, and flight testing.

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