Research Fellow in Aero Systems Design & Integration for Thermal Management​

Cranfield, Bedford
20 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Fellow in Aero Systems Design & Integration for Thermal Management​

Organisation     Cranfield University
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
Contract type     Permanent
Salary   £32,094 to £35,773 per annum (with additional performance related pay up to £44,716 per annum)
Apply by   16/01/2018

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. 

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace technology for over 60 years, it delivers multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing the aviation industry. SATM builds on its globally recognised capabilities in air transport management, multi-sector safety and accident investigation, together with expertise in advanced vehicle engineering, to develop an integrated approach to the transport challenges of the future.

The Centre for Propulsion Engineering, within SATM at Cranfield, has a strong track record in power plant modelling and performance simulation research. Research activities in the past 50 years, on gas turbine applications in power and propulsion, cover virtually every aspect of the field, such as steady-state and transient performance simulation, diagnostics, novel cycles, engine control, advanced simulation methods and integration. Extensive participation in various EU and UK based projects has strengthened and established the Centre as a key contributor to path breaking research while acquiring a peripheral view of the emergence of new technologies in the field. Propulsion Engineering Centre staff also run a large and extremely successful international activity embracing applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes. The Centre is also host of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero Systems Design, Integration & Performance, testimony of the Centre’s global visibility and extensive links with industry.

This position is part of the Gas Turbine Engineering Group, within the Centre for Propulsion Engineering. The group is placed between academia and industry and carries out research with a strong scientific and industrial relevance. The core competence of the Group is its ability to undertake detailed modelling studies and performance simulations involving aero-thermo, multi-disciplinary models to improve and extend our understanding of power plant and related systems performance within, but also at the edges, of the operating envelope. There is also a large experimental activity supported by key industrial partners.

Tasks within this job specifically relate to the design, performance modelling and experimental testing of aero systems for thermal management purposes in support of various industry-funded projects. The Research Fellow is also expected to assist with the general programme of work that is conducted in the Centre.

Candidates are expected to be confident and independent researchers with a PhD in a closely relevant engineering discipline, and ideally with 3-5 years’ experience in project management, experimental rig design and testing, as well as risk assessment and H&S planning and managing. Experience in control and instrumentation will be useful. This position also requires; 

  • Knowledge of aero/thermo dynamics and thermofluids
  • Knowledge of supercritical CO2 and other closed-loop cycles and their potential applications
  • Knowledge of heat recovery methods/systems
  • Knowledge of modern power plant thermal management requirements
  • Practical application of gas turbine and systems performance simulation techniques and modelling

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Vassilios Pachidis, on T: +44 (0)1234 75 4663; or E: 

Interviews to be held:  Week commencing 22 January 2018  

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