Research Asst or Fellow in Socio-Technical Modelling of Air Transport Systems

Cranfield University
June 30, 2024
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Research Asst or Fellow in Socio-Technical Modelling of Air Transport



Cranfield University


Cranfield Defence and Security

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

Fixed Term Contract for 18 months


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  • Role Description

    The modern world is complex and highly interconnected and is enabled and delivered through complex systems and enterprises comprising people, information, processes and technology. The Centre of Excellence for Complex Systems creates, utilises and promotes systems thinking and other systems methodologies in order to better address the design, development and management of socio-technical systems.

    About the Role

    This exciting new post will contribute to research on a project as part of a large team. It involves research activities such as ensuring the delivery of the project goals and the participation in the organisational, management and dissemination activities in support of the project. It will also involve supporting the development, exploitation and integration of investigated methods into air transport system of systems infrastructure, scenarios and the in-house aero-engine design frameworks.

    Working with a leading aircraft manufacturer, you will support a range of research activities within this project. You will perform stakeholder analysis and strategy modelling considering various stakeholders and decision-makers, and characterise and map stakeholder behaviours, values and beliefs as well as emergence behaviours within the complex socio-technical system of air transportation.

    You will develop methodologies, models and simulations using system dynamics, agent-based or discrete event simulation, and wargaming for sustainable and resilient air transport system.

    About You

    As a Research Assistant you will have a Masters in a relevant subject. As a Research Fellow you will have a PhD (or close to completion) in a relevant discipline.

    You will have experience of literature review, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and modelling and simulation. Knowledge of system dynamics, discrete event simulation, agent-based modelling is essential.

    Excellent planning and organisational skills, ability to prioritise and respond within a fast-paced environment is key for these roles. You will have a high level of presentation and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with senior industrial management.

    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.

    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 about this opportunity, please contact Sean Price at [email protected].

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