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Bromham, Bedfordshire Cranfield University

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Centre for Propulsion & TP Engineering

Research Fellow in Propulsion Aerodynamics

Fixed Term Contract for 24 months

Flexible working will be actively considered

Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £39,316 per annum

An appointment could be initially made at Research Assistant level (starting salary ranging from £28,203 to £31,230 per annum, until full completion of PhD

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

We welcome applications from prospective Research Fellows/Post-Docs to join our Gas Turbine Technology Group. This is a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of aircraft-engine integration and contribute to sustainable aviation advances.

About the Role

You will be working closely with world leading researchers and industrial engineers on the aerodynamic design and analysis of aero-engine intake, nacelle and exhaust systems. The work will also encompass considerable research effort on computational modelling of propulsion system integration under cruise and high-lift conditions. One element of the collaborative part of the research will centre around the evaluation of the aerodynamic integration and the overall structural loads of the aero-engine.

About You

You will hold a PhD (or close to completion) in Aerospace Propulsion, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Aerodynamics or related subject with a track record of publishing in high quality journals.

Good skills in engineering computing and programming are required and experience of optimisation methods would be beneficial. Ability to communicate clearly at a technical level and capability of clearly summarising objectives and achievements for briefing colleagues and project partners is also essential. Due to the nature of this role, you will be required to obtain UK Security Clearance (BPSS).

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key research position, and will be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

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 .

The Centre for Propulsion & Thermal Power Engineering, within SATM at Cranfield University, has a strong track record in power plant modelling and propulsion system performance simulation and experimental research. Research activities in the past 50 years cover virtually every aspect of the field including propulsion system integration and computational and experimental propulsion aerodynamics. Extensive participation in various EU and UK funded 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. For further information please visit: Centre for Propulsion & Thermal Power Engineering .

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, please contact Prof. David MacManus, Professor of Propulsion Aerodynamics & Installations, on (T); (0) or (E);

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or. Please quote reference number 4779.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 07 April 2024

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