Research Fellow in Space Robotics and Astronautics

Cranfield University
March 16, 2023
Offerd Salary:£35,559
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Research Fellow in Space Robotics and Astronautics


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

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

36 Months


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £35,559 per annum, with potential progression up to £39,434 per annum.

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  • Role Description

    Research Fellow in Space Robotics and Astronautics

    We welcome applications from prospective Research Fellows/Post-Docs in Space Robotics and Astronautics with particular focus on the design, modeling, developing and testing space robotic systems for in-orbit assembly, servicing and debris removal applications. This exciting new role will primarily contribute to the development of the research activities of the Space Robotics Laboratory in Cranfield University and also will assist the Space Research Group in a variety of research and teaching activities going forwards.

    About the Role

    Cranfield's Space Group is the leading European centre of postgraduate education in space engineering. As a Research Fellow you will contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyberphysical Systems, especially concerning the specific activities of: (1) research in space robotics and astronautics; (2) develop and manage the research and teaching activities associated with the space robotics laboratory; (3) assist the research activities of the space group and/or in partnership with other academics of the ASMiC team; (4) assist teaching activities, providing co-supervision on individual/group research projects, workshops and tutorial sessions of the MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with our university collaborators, strategic industrial partners, and defence & securities partners in the UK and abroad.

    About You

    You will have a PhD in Astronautics and/or Space Robotics (or be close to completion). With an excellent research track record and/or job experience in disciplines such as space robotics, guidance navigation and control of space systems, attitude and orbit control systems and space systems engineering. Hands-on experience in robotic, AOCS and GNC hardware development as well as electronics and mechatronics is also desirable. You will have knowledge of space robot control, design, and autonomy (including perception, planning, control, sensing and actuation etc.) as well as space mechanics, orbital and attitude dynamics and control, demonstrated through publications and/or relevant research/industrial projects in the area. Demonstrated experience in using development frameworks such as ROS/Gazebo and/or Matlab/Simulink is a requirement and you will be able to manage and carry out work in multiple research projects, with ability on prioritizing and meeting strict deadlines. You will be able to disseminate results to specialized audience and publications as well as engage with industry and partners, demonstrate proficiency in technical writing and a track record with publications in well- recognized journals and conferences.

    You 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.

    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.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Leonard Felicetti prior to application by emailing [email protected] or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 5163

    Apply online now at https: // or contact us for further details on E: [email protected] Please quote reference number 4424.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 16 March 2023

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