Research Assistant in Aero Thermal Management Applications
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be
Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period
Full time starting salary in the range of £25,110 to £28,763 per annum
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Cranfield University's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and
unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and
management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.
We welcome applications for this exciting research post from those with
relevant knowledge in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) engineering for the
design and experimental testing of aero thermal management applications.
Aerospace is at the heart of Cranfield's global research airport and is
renowned throughout the world for its teaching and research in the fields of
aviation and aerospace. Cranfield Aerospace's six centres are the powerhouses
of our world class research, driving technological and conceptual advances in
aeronautics, propulsion engineering, cyber-physical systems and intelligent
automation. Through the strong links with industry built over the past 70
years, we focus on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace
management of the future and are the only university in Europe with our own
airport and runway. Cranfield Aerospace is internationally recognised as the
first choice for research and education in all aspects of aerospace including
aircraft, drones, urban air mobility and space.
The Centre for Propulsion Engineering, within the School of Aerospace,
Transport and Manufacturing (SATM), 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 to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero
Systems Design, Integration & Performance, testimony of the Centre's global
visibility and extensive links with industry.
About the Role
You will join the Gas 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. You
will be expected to contribute extensively to an ongoing EU funded project on
novel Rotorcraft Assessments and interact with industry contacts.
You will contribute to the design, performance modelling and experimental
testing of aero systems for waste heat recovery, environmental control and
other thermal management purposes. This will encompass numerical data post
processing and analysis using multiple technical software. The role will also
involve short-term responsibilities such as performing tests in laboratories,
interaction with a wider project team and assisting in the production of
mechanical engineering CAD drawings for workshop and contractors.
You will have a MSc in a closely relevant engineering discipline, with
experience undertaking CFD studies for machines operating with refrigerants
such as R744, R1233ZD or R290. Experience in conceptual design and assessment
of turbomachinery and technical report writing skills are also essential.
Demonstrable team player character is desirable.
In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for
career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world
leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.
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. Find out about our key commitments
to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. We are
currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022. This means
the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time
working from the office where job roles allow.
How to apply
For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Eduardo Anselmi on (T); +44
(0)1234 75 4742; or (E); email@example.com