Research Fellow in Aero Engine Aerodynamics & Performance​

Cranfield, Bedford
14 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Aero Engine Aerodynamics & Performance​

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    Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period   2 x Three year fixed term contracts and 1 x One year fixed term contract
Salary   £32,094 to £35,773 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £44,716 per annum
Apply by   15/03/2018

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.

The position advertised is with 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.

The Centre is looking to expand its internationally renowned activities by the recruitment of 3 full-time Research Fellows (two 3-year contracts and one 1-year contract) to support the Clean Sky 2 Joint Technology Initiative programme PROTEUS, recently awarded to the Centre. Project PROTEUS (PeRformance & Operability of Turbofan Engines Under Sub-idle) focuses on the research and development of new methods and simulation tools to understand and predict the idle and sub-idle performance of the next generation of large civil aero engines. Work will focus on the characterisation of the performance of key engine components at idle and sub-idle conditions using high-fidelity models and simulations along with validation against experimental data provided by the Topic Manager (Rolls-Royce plc). Results from the higher-order simulations will be subsequently reduced into appropriate 0D (or 1D) component characteristics for rapid whole-engine performance analyses. This will enable sub-idle considerations to be included in the initial phase of the engine’s preliminary design. The toolset envisaged will be matured to TRL6 through validation against test data collected from the UltraFan™ demonstrator program.

Candidates are expected to be confident and independent researchers, educated at an MSc or PhD (preferable) level, with experience in project management. This position also requires; 

  • Knowledge of gas turbine performance and operation & experience in engine performance simulation
  • Knowledge of aerodynamics (internal or external, e.g. compressor, intake, nozzle, engine nacelle modelling and performance assessment) & experience in CFD modelling
  • Practical application of gas turbine and systems performance simulation techniques and modelling

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

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