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Research Fellow in Low Emissions Gas Turbine Combustion

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Full time starting salary is normally £37,337 per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 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: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: Until 31 August 2026
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally £37,337 per annum
Apply by: 30/06/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications from passionate, skilled, committed, prospective individuals to join our team at Cranfield University to contribute to experimental gas turbine low emissions combustion research.

About the Role

The Research Fellow will be a key member of a team contributing to a number of research projects related to low emissions combustion experimental and analytical research and innovation. A key aspect of the research will involve the development of a rig for testing an Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) free piston engine fuelled by hydrogen. The experiments will be conducted over a range of inlet pressures, temperatures and mass with performance and emissions measurements, in order to characterise the engine performance.

About You

You will have a postgraduate qualification in gas turbines, combustion with significant relevant aerospace/automotive engineering discipline or equivalent experience. A PhD degree would be an advantage. You will have experience in experimental gas turbine or internal combustion engine research with knowledge of engine performance and emissions. Skills and experience in mechanical design of experimental rig components, installation of measurement equipment and programming of data acquisition platform are required. Good presentation and technical report writing skills are essential for frequent communication with project partners.

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.

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 Xiaoxiao Sun, Lecturer in Low Emissions Gas Turbine Combustion, on (T): +44 1234 752941: or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4850.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 June 2024


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