Research Fellow in UAV Traffic Management

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,094 to £32,976 per annum
21 Apr 2018
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21 May 2018
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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.

The Centre for Aeronautics’ objective is to be internationally recognised as the first choice for research and education in Aerospace Design, Advanced Engineering Design Methods, Applied Aerodynamics and Dynamics, Avionics Systems Engineering, Simulation and Control. The Centre performs research on a wide range of Aircraft Design topics, from conceptual to detail design of civil, military and uninhabited aerial vehicles. It is also leading research into advanced technologies, such as laminar flow, avionics/ATM, more electric aircraft and advanced metallic and composite airframe structures. The Centre for Aeronautics operates numerous flight simulators, advanced aircraft avionics integration rig, Ethernet-based AFDX avionics simulation and ATM laboratories. It offers some of the World’s largest and most highly regarded Masters Courses in Aircraft Design.

The purpose of this post is to support and deliver to the requirements of the GAUSS Research Project in collaboration with other partners. You will be responsible for undertaking high quality research associated with the project work packages in UAVs Traffic Management (UTM), GNSS positioning applications and System Integration and Validation. You will be responsible for organising project meetings, writing project deliverables and coordinating research activities. You will be required to undertake some EU travel.

In addition to project-specific tasks, you will be responsible for supervising MSc student projects.

You are expected to be a confident and independent researcher, and you will have a PhD (or close to completion) in aerospace systems, UAS/RPAS and ATM-related disciplines. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, with proven time management ability, and be able to work well within a team environment. This position also requires;


  • Strong research experience in UAV guidance navigation and control and air traffic management
  • Experience of the design of auto flight systems for manned and unmanned aircraft.
  • Previous experience of leading software development activities of avionics and ATM systems and the preparation of technical reports.
  • Knowledge of computer programming skills in C/C++ will be required as you will be involved in development of UTM software system.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Huamin Jia, Senior Lecturer in Avionics CNS System Design & ATM, on (T); +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 5115 or (E);

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