Research Fellow in Sustainability Modelling for Aerospace Manufacturing

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: United Kingdom,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Apr 2022

School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing

Manufacturing / Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre

Research Fellow in Sustainability Modelling for Aerospace Manufacturing

Fixed Term Contract for 36 months

Full time starting salary is £33,809 per annum

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

We welcome applications for this exciting Research Fellow post from those with relevant knowledge and experience in sustainable manufacturing and life cycle assessment.

About the Role

This post is a 36-month contract to contribute to the delivery of an ATI/Innovate-UK funded project that is currently run by Cranfield University.

Cranfield University is participating in an industry and research consortium aiming to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from level 3 to level 6 for a number of highly innovative methods and processes that have been recently developed for the aerospace sector. The main objective for the Cranfield research team is to develop a novel holistic approach for the assessment of the eco-social impact of these production technologies and manufacturing decisions and allow aerospace manufacturing suppliers and OEMs to validate the impact of their manufacturing strategy. The post holder will be leading the life cycle assessment models development, the integration with other simulation techniques and the investigation into bringing in I4.0 technologies for the dynamic capturing and analysis of the environmental performance.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion) in a relevant subject and have experience in sustainable manufacturing and simulation. You will have a demonstrable, deep understanding of your own research field and agenda, with the ability to contribute to broader management processes. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, and good technical writing skills are also essential. In addition, you will have a developing track record of publishing in high quality journals, together with proven planning and organisation skills to ensure milestones and deliverables are achieved to time and are of high quality.

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.

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 .

Cranfield Manufacturing (which includes major activities in Materials) is following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability. They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

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. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here .

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from this group.

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.

We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until May 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 about this opportunity, please contact Prof Konstantinos Salonitis, Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Centre, on (T): +44 (0) 1234 758347 or (E):

Apply online now . Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: . Please quote reference number 3976.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 05 April 2022

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