Research Fellow in Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 03 Jul 2022


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

24 Months


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £33,809 to £37,684 per annum

About the Role

Our reputation for leading in the field of digital systems: sensor data and signal processing for PNT, machine learning - has been established through active research in this field. This research group is focused on research on AI-based robust and resilient PNT for both the present air and land systems and for the future autonomous ones. Research works cover both funded research (from research councils and directly from clients) and academic provision (MSc and PhD). 

In this role, you be expected to carry out research in Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems (especially for sensors and data processing for PNT); hold teaching responsibilities for our MSc courses in Machine Learning and PNT, and engage with academic, business and defence stakeholders to develop and deliver research projects, as well as assist with other activities within the group. 

About You

You will hold a PhD (or close to completion) in an area relating to position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) or sensor/information fusion for Autonomous Systems and possess the relevant skills and knowledge to contribute to the combination of research & teaching activities above. 

In this role you can expect to collaborate with the existing staff working in the same group and centre and have communications and meetings with our collaborators within the university, the industrial and defence partners, or in other universities and so effective communication skills will be key.

About Us

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. Find out more about the Aerospace theme here . 

The Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems is one of the world’s largest centres of postgraduate education and research, with over 200 MSc and PhD students.  Autonomous Systems is a key research theme at Cranfield; the School offers a unique capability that addresses the current agenda of industry, government and non-governmental organisations. Research intensive and client-focused, we also deliver a vibrant postgraduate teaching programme that meets the current and emerging needs of employers in the sector. Find out more about the Centre 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 also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role. 

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible female candidates. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we hold an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, are members of Working Families; sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day and signatories of the Women in Defence and Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charters. 

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 Dr Ivan Petrunin at (E);  

For any queries regarding the recruitment process for this role, please contact (E); . Please quote reference number 4089. 

Closing date for receipt of applications:   26 June 2022

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