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Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow in Cryogenic Systems

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 - £48,039 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 March 2027
Salary: Research Fellow: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 per annum to 41,406 per annum. Senior Research Fellow: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £48,039 per annum.
Apply by: 30/06/2024

Role Description

We are excited to invite applications for a Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow post in an emerging field. The responsibilities associated with this role will contribute to a funded project aimed at constructing and operating multiple test rigs dedicated to liquid and vapor hydrogen systems. This includes the facets of storage, pumping, venting, and all associated subsystems specifically designed for hydrogen-powered civil aviation.

About the Role

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual to oversee and spearhead essential experimental investigations within the realm of cryogenic aviation systems, with a particular focus on conducting tests involving liquid hydrogen. The role involves developing comprehensive protocols to ensure meticulous attention to health and safety standards while effectively managing associated risks. Additionally, the successful candidate will scrutinize and leverage experimental data to derive meaningful correlations and theoretical frameworks, disseminating research outcomes proficiently to both internal stakeholders and external clients. Furthermore, nurturing the professional advancement of budding researchers within our team is paramount, fostering a culture of growth and innovation. In addition to experimental work, the role encompasses developing research proposals aligned with the continuing ambitions of the Centre and the Group, independently securing research funding, and publishing in high-quality journals suitable for the Research Excellence Framework. Furthermore, the candidate will contribute and support the Centre's expanding MSc, PhD, and Continued Professional Development Short Course programs, including enlarging, teaching, and supervising MSc/PhD projects, contributing to student recruitment, preparing and delivering lectures, and supervising MSc projects. Other requirements may be stipulated by the Head of Centre, Head of Group, or nominee.

About You

Candidates for this position should possess a degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or energy engineering, complemented by a PhD in a closely relevant engineering discipline. A proven track record of successful research delivery is essential, ideally, backed by pertinent industrial experience. This experience should ideally include executing risk assessments, adhering to health and safety procedures in labs and workshops, and conducting research or testing on cryogenic systems. Contributions to the development of new research proposals are highly valued. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team within the Centre, showcasing excellent communication and presentation skills, as well as strong problem-solving and project management abilities. Methodical, collaborative, and adaptable, they should maintain composure under pressure and exhibit resilience. Leadership skills, evidenced through internships, volunteering, and extracurricular activities, are also crucial. Finally, the candidate should embody our core values of Ambition, Impact, Respect, and Community.

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. Find out more about our work here About Aerospace.

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 also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role.  Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible female candidates.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we hold an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, are members of Working Families; sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day and signatories of the Women in Defence and Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charters.  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 Jon Huete Anton on (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4855.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 June 2024


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