Research Fellow in UAS Communications and Networking

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 13 Apr 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 £33,809 per annum

Cranfield University School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing welcomes applications from prospective Research Fellows in UAS & Satellite Communication Systems.

About the Role

As Research Fellow you will contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyberphysical Systems, especially concerning the specific activities of: (1) Intelligent communication system 2) digital twin connectivity, 3) 5G/6G/Satellite system integration, 4) on-board aircraft intelligent antenna system design, 5) AI/ML algorithm/simulators, 6) Platform demonstration for digital twin analysis, data link QoS and autonomous connectivity.

You will be expected to collaborate with the existing staff working in the area and have communications and meetings with our collaborators within the university, the industrial partner, or in other international universities.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or near completion) in a relevant subject and have experience of management research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. With excellent communication skills, you will have expertise in social network analysis and a background in Health & Safety would be an advantage.

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 reputation for leading in the field of aerospace, unmanned aircraft system (UAS), connectivity, satellite communications, autonomy and autonomous systems has been established through more than thirty years of research into this field. We are primarily focused in this project on high bandwidth wireless systems for complex on-board aircraft connectivity challenges. This post is part of a larger project to support aircraft digital twins, satellite-5G/6G interconnect, IoT autonomous system, and UAS/UAM for unmanned systems.

We work in partnership with our industrial client to provide high quality training, research, development and consultancy to meet the challenges of these competitive markets. We have an outstanding international reputation for the quality of our work and our capability of performing both theoretical and experimental studies. Our work covers academic provision (MSc and PhD) and research. Research works span from fundamental research and development to single client contract research and development.

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. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here . We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 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 Dr Saba Al-Rubaye, Reader in Autonomous and Connected Systems, on +44 (0) 1234 75 4887 or

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