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Flight Control Engineer (KTP Associate)

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£32,000- £35,000 per annum, dependent upon qualifications and experience (37 hours per week)
Closing date
25 May 2024

Job Details

School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at: Off Campus
Hours of work: Normal working hours is Monday – Thursday, 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 1pm.
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period:10 months
Salary: £32,000- £35,000 per annum, dependent upon qualifications and experience (37 hours per week)
Apply by: 25/05/2024

Role Description

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

An exciting opportunity to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate has arisen as part of a collaboration project between OTM Servo Mechanism Ltd and Cranfield University.  The project will focus on the development of flight control systems that are closely coupled with the aircraft effector actuators.

About Aerospace Centre for Aeronautics and OTM

You will work closely with the team at OTM and the Dynamics Simulation and Control Group in Cranfield’s Centre for Aeronautics. OTM design and manufacture world-class actuator solutions for, among others, the aerospace sector. The Centre for Aeronautics is one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods.

About the Role

You will lead the implementation of a flight control computer. This will include developing knowledge on the flight control avionics standards and requirements. You will also test practical flight control algorithms with simulation models and implement these into a modular flight control computer that complies with industry standards, as well as continue development of a hardware-in-the-loop system. This will involve design and development of flight control computer electronics and PCB design.

About You

It is essential you have demonstrative understanding of control or avionics systems modelling, development or simulation, in particular experience of coding and algorithm development for control systems or mechatronic systems using software tools such as MATLAB/Simulink. Knowledge of real time systems and communication would also be desirable in this role. This role would suit an individual with excellent software skills and the ability to code MATLAB/Simulink into embedded systems. Previous experience of control systems specification and design is desirable. The role will require the development of knowledge in control algorithm simulation and implementation to required industry standards.

You will have excellent project and time management skills, and the ability to work independently and to communicate complex information clearly. You will hold a Postgraduate degree (MEng/MSc) in aerospace engineering, control system, mechatronics or related subject.  It will be advantageous if you have a PhD in one of these areas.

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

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111. Please quote reference number 4824.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 25 May 2024


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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