Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Automated NDT & SHM for Predictive Maintenance

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 10 May 2023


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.


Lecturer: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £45,751 to £50,798 per annum, with potential progression up to £63,059 per annum Senior Lecturer: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £55,753 to £61,942 per annum, with potential progression up to £76,988 per annum

About the Role

This role will have a significant impact on the shape and future direction of our activities in aircraft MRO (via DARTeC – The Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre), as the IVHM Centre who is part of DARTeC is leading the MRO activities within the University. The role will also build an independent portfolio of research and student supervision. The contribution will be in the area of Automated Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) & Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for Predictive Maintenance.

About You

You will hold a PhD in Engineering or similar industrial/research experience, with experience of industrially sponsored management research. With excellent communication skills, you will have expertise in the area of Automated NDT and/or Structural Health Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance. You will be a qualified and experienced individual who would be responsible for the development and delivery of research and high-quality teaching at postgraduate level in one or more of: (i) Automated Non-Destructive Testing and Advanced Structural Health Monitoring tools in Transport Systems and Applications, and/or (ii) Developing hardware and/or software solutions for automated damage assessment, and/or (iii) Machine Learning and Digital Twins in predictive maintenance for aircraft systems and/or operations. In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this academic 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 .

The Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre is a joint effort by Industry and Academia to develop state of the art diagnostic and prognostic capabilities that change the way services are provided today. The IVHM Centre was launched by Cranfield University, Britain’s premier postgraduate, research intensive university together with Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt and Thales in 2008. It is located at Cranfield University’s Cranfield site. The Centre is now globally recognized, having defined the subject area and further developing new areas of expansion. The development of the Centre, along with other areas in the University, significantly contributed to the recent DARTeC (Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre) proposal success. Through DARTeC, the IVHM Centre will be leading the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) developments and activities with expertise and capabilities in UAV-Robotics Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspections, sensor monitoring, and advanced digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Twins (DT), tools that could be used to synchronize, monitor, and improve all processes related to Aircraft MRO. 

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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.                               

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Nico Avdelidis, Head of IVHM Centre on np.avdel@cranfield.ac.uk

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