Professor of Digital Aviation
Professor of Digital Aviation
Organisation Cranfield University
School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Contract type Permanent
Apply by 26/02/2018
Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
Following the success of a major RPIF (Research Partnership Investment Fund) application, Cranfield and its collaboration partners are embarking upon an exciting mission to deliver the £65m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC). The Centre will bring together a variety of research facilities across the University campus to assert thought leadership in the range of sciences encompassed by ‘digital aviation’.
As part of our plan, we have established a new Professor in Digital Aviation to provide inspirational and impactful academic leadership. As this is an emerging discipline, your particular area of specialism is of less importance - of greater importance is the ability to build an exciting, highly-relevant and internationally-renowned research capability that addresses grand challenges which have been co-developed with collaborating partners or which address the agenda of external funding agencies.
This is a new position and the Professor of Digital Aviation is expected to drive growth of this important topic area. This is an enormously important appointment for Cranfield University. The Professor of Digital Aviation is expected to be the academic figurehead for this flagship activity, inspiring academic colleagues and engaging with industrial partners.
You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline to digital aviation and be able to evidence an established track record of securing significant research and development funding either from research councils (or international equivalents), or government and industry. The purpose of the Chair of Digital Aviation is to provide inspirational and impactful academic leadership in a highly relevant aspect of digital aviation. As this is an emerging discipline, the University is open-minded as to the specific specialism from which the chosen candidate comes, but the purpose is common – to build an exciting, highly-relevant and internationally-renowned research capability that addresses grand challenges which have been co-developed with collaborating partners or which address the agenda of external funding agencies.
You will have experience in outstanding leadership of a significant and successful research group or team including experience in developing multi-disciplinary research teams and writing proposals.
This post is subject to a screening process which may in course delay the start date. Successful candidates must meet the necessary security requirements before they can be appointed.
Cranfield University has engaged the services of Perrett Laver to whom applications should be sent by the closing date of 26 February 2018.
Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee during early March. Provisionally shortlisted candidates will subsequently attend a first-round interview during March, with finally shortlisted candidates invited to attend a final interview at the University on a date to be confirmed.
In order to apply, please submit the following: Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) along with a covering letter setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the required criteria, your current salary details and the names and addresses of three referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
The preferred method of application is online: www.perrettlaver.com/candidates quoting reference number 2580. All applications will receive an automated response.
For informal enquiries about the role please contact: E: Urvashi.Ramphul@perrettlaver.com or T: +44 (0) 20 7340 6200
Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 February 2018
First Stage Interviews to be held: March 2018