Research Fellow in Advanced Rotorcraft Systems Modelling and Performance Simulation

Cranfield University
September 28 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Centre for Propulsion Engineering

Research Fellow in Advanced Rotorcraft Systems Modelling and Performance Simulation

Fixed Term contract for 18 months

£32,094 to £33,883 per annum

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

The Centre for Propulsion Engineering within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield is continuing to grow at an excellent rate with immense opportunities in the future. With continued success and growth, the Centre is now offering exciting opportunities to work on and be a part of path breaking future research.

The Centre's large international activity encompasses applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes. The research interests of the Centre include gas turbine simulation, engine performance and diagnostics, propulsion system integration and installation, integrated aircraft/ rotorcraft and propulsion system performance, development and assessment of novel cycles and assessment of gas turbine operation/ performance across the spectrum of power and propulsion applications. It has in the past contributed extensively to various EU Framework Programs and global research ventures and hence enjoys global visibility and extensive links with industry.

The current position advertised is within the Gas Turbine Engineering Group, in the Propulsion Engineering Centre and is for a Research Fellow. The role will require the researcher to undertake analysis and assessments of advanced rotorcraft and rotorcraft systems.

Amongst its diverse research portfolio, the Group has a strong and extensive track record in rotorcraft performance research and has played a key role in related research activities of the Technology Evaluator (TE) in the Clean Sky project (EU FP7). Based on its track record the group is now tasked with advanced rotorcraft assessments in the TE in Clean Sky2 and the current position as advertised will contribute to further research in this field. The aim of the project is to undertake novel rotorcraft technology assessments (Tilt rotor aircraft and Compound rotorcraft) utilising a flexible multi-disciplinary framework. The project will be undertaken by a consortium of European partners, which will include NLR, ANOTEC, and University of Padua and will be led by Cranfield University.

Applications are invited from motivated individuals with a good knowledge of rotorcraft/aircraft and propulsion system performance. You will be educated to Doctorate level (or be close to completion) in a relevant engineering discipline; you will be required to be very familiar with the performance and modelling of a variety of integrated rotorcraft/aircraft and propulsion system concepts. You will work very closely with the existing team of the Centre and will make a key contribution to rotorcraft research and the project. Beyond this, student supervision activities within the Centre may be required. Industrial and related experience in the field and previous EU Framework Project participation will be seen favourably.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Devaiah Nalianda, Lecturer in Gas Turbine Engineering and Technology, on +44 (0)1234 75 4742 or (E);

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 4951. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2534.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 29 October 2017

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