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Research Fellow in Satellite Navigation

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £39,316 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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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: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: For 24 months
Salary: Full-time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £39,316 per annum
Apply by: 22/05/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications for this exciting new role which is supporting developments within several UK and EU-funded research projects and will be a part of the Signals and Autonomy Research Group in the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems.

About the Role

Our reputation for leading in the field of digital systems: sensor data and signal processing for position, navigation and timing, and machine learning, has been established through active research in this field. The research group you would be joining is focused on the research of AI-enhanced emerging satellite-based navigation technologies supporting wider adoption and improved safety of operation of autonomous systems, such as enhanced situational awareness, robust and resilient position, navigation, and timing. The application of these technologies spans both present day applications and future demands of autonomous systems, for example, in Urban Air Mobility. 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 the doctoral level or equivalent in a relevant subject. Your skills and knowledge will mean that you can contribute to research and some teaching activities such as (1) research in emerging technologies enabling robust and resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions for applications in autonomy, transport and other domains, (2) teaching in machine learning, sensor technologies and PNT 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 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 about this opportunity, please contact Dr Ivan Petrunin, Reader in Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems on (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4817.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 22 May 2024


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