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Senior Lecturer in Aircraft Structural Design

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£60,009 to £85,000
Closing date
12 May 2024

Job Details

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: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £60,009 to £69,505 per annum with potential progression to £85,000 per annum
Apply by: 12/05/2024

Role Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and ambitious individual with industry or academic experience to join our Aircraft Structures team, conducting teaching and research into novel aircraft configurations ranging from zero emissions hydrogen propulsion through to supersonic transport and eVTOL.

About the Centre

The Centre for Aeronautics traces its history back to 1946, when it was set the mission of preparing engineers to develop new products for the nascent British aerospace industry.  We've been teaching aeronautics-related topics ever since, either through our world-class post graduate MSc courses, guiding our vibrant PhD contingent or through a range of CPD courses we deliver to industry professionals across the world.  You'll be joining a 45 strong team of world class academics and research staff working across aircraft design, aerodynamics, dynamics and control, modelling and simulation, advanced lightweight structures and sustainable aviation.  We take pride in supporting our students as they develop towards talented industrial professionals.  Our large portfolio of research projects working with the worlds best-known aerospace companies produces world class research and keeps our academic content at the cutting edge.

About the Role

The Centre for Aeronautics is seeking a talented and ambitious individual to join the team as a Senior Lecturer in Aircraft Structural Design.  The position will be mainly responsible for the development, leadership and delivery of high-quality teaching at postgraduate level in various topics related to aircraft structures analysis and design, for academic course management, for postgraduate student research and design project supervision as well as for engaging with the delivery of industrially sponsored projects.

About You

You will be passionate about aerospace and the contribution and value of your specialised topic within this field.  The impacts of the aerospace industry and air travel will be important to you, and playing your role in driving progress towards zero emissions aviation will be a personal priority.  Your ideal working environment will be collaborative and open to new learning and experience, with personal satisfaction taken in supporting others to grow their knowledge and skills through our teaching activities.   Professionally you will be curious and creative, looking for new solutions and applying thinking from outside the traditional aerospace sector. You may already be an academic, looking for a more post-graduate teaching focussed opportunity; you may be an industry professional looking for new challenges and a refreshing new professional environment.  All are welcomed within a friendly, supportive, ambitious and energetic team environment.

With a BSc/MSc in aeronautical science, preferably in airframe structural design & analysis, you will have experience of high impact, cross-disciplinary and industrially relevant project engagement, and be experienced in research delivery and be able to evidence successful funding proposal bidding. You will also have relevant teaching preparation & delivery experience, and ideally experience in research student supervision.

Your knowledge of aeronautical structural analysis and design skills, ideally accumulated at an industrial setting, will span across any combination of the following: airworthiness requirements knowledge and application; metallic and/or composite airframe structures analysis and design; fatigue and damage tolerance; and finite element analysis (NASTRAN / PATRAN / other). 

With excellent communication and presentation skills, you will have a collaborative leadership style along with evidence of good project and time management skills.

Further information about this position can be found in the job description.

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.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. Learn more here

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. 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, please contact Prof Howard Smith (Head of Aircraft Design Group) or Prof Mark Westwood (Head of Centre for Aeronautics)

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4811.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 May 2024

This role may require you to have the ability to obtain UK Security Clearance


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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