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Research Asst or Fellow in Socio-Technical Modelling of Air Transport Systems

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Job Details

School/Department: Cranfield Defence and Security
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: Fixed Term Contract for 18 months
Salary: Please see below
Apply by: 30/06/2024

Role Description

The modern world is complex and highly interconnected and is enabled and delivered through complex systems and enterprises comprising people, information, processes and technology. The Centre of Excellence for Complex Systems creates, utilises and promotes systems thinking and other systems methodologies in order to better address the design, development and management of socio-technical systems.

About the Role

This exciting new post will contribute to research on a project as part of a large team. It involves research activities such as ensuring the delivery of the project goals and the participation in the organisational, management and dissemination activities in support of the project. It will also involve supporting the development, exploitation and integration of investigated methods into air transport system of systems infrastructure, scenarios and the in-house aero-engine design frameworks.

Working with a leading aircraft manufacturer, you will support a range of research activities within this project. You will perform stakeholder analysis and strategy modelling considering various stakeholders and decision-makers, and characterise and map stakeholder behaviours, values and beliefs as well as emergence behaviours within the complex socio-technical system of air transportation.

You will develop methodologies, models and simulations using system dynamics, agent-based or discrete event simulation, and wargaming for sustainable and resilient air transport system.

About You

As a Research Assistant you will have a Masters in a relevant subject.  As a Research Fellow you will have a PhD (or close to completion) in a relevant discipline. 

You will have experience of literature review, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and modelling and simulation.  Knowledge of system dynamics, discrete event simulation, agent-based modelling is essential. 

Excellent planning and organisational skills, ability to prioritise and respond within a fast-paced environment is key for these roles.  You will have a high level of presentation and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with senior industrial management. 

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 Sean Price at


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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