Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (6 projects)

University of Nottingham – Department of Engineering, Institute for Aerospace Technology

Salary: £18607 to £20544 per annum in accordance with the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Programme: INNOVATIVE – The Integration of Novel Aircraft Technologies

Applications are invited to work with Prof Hervé Morvan and his colleagues in the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) on the above European funded project in the area of novel aircraft technology attached to propulsion, airframes and controls, ground operations, human factors, navigation and communication. Successful candidates will register for a 3-year PhD in the Faculty of Engineering within the Marie Curie COFUND Doctoral Programme INNOVATIVE which the University leads and coordinates. INNOVATIVE ESRs will be based within the Institute for Aerospace Technology and supervised by a large multidisciplinary academic team of world-leading scientific research experts. The ESRs will receive unrivalled exposure to the aerospace industry through secondments into leading companies that specialise in a variety of aerospace applications.  Partners will offer placement opportunities of up to 6 months.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in applied mathematics, physics, computer science, human factors and engineering (mechanical, manufacturing and electrical/electronics) backgrounds relevant to each project.  INNOVATIVE includes four research areas and 24 ESR positions to be recruited over 3 cohorts.

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (, p40-41). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post is available from October 2017 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract. All ESRs must start in October 2017. To apply please access the links below relating to your preferred project(s):

Project 7: The use of techniques such as non-destructive testing (NDT) to enhance quality of production and eliminate rejects in composites manufacturing (led by Dr Steve Greedy, Dr. Dimitrios Chronopoulos and Prof. Andy Long) Ref: ENG1069
To apply please access:

Project 11: Energy recovery and storage from green taxiing systems (led by Dr. Michael Galea, Prof. George Chen & Dr. Christian Klumpner) Ref: ENG1070
To apply please access:

Project 13: Novel simulation tools such as Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics for meshless fluid simulation capability (led by Dr. Arno Kruisbrink and Professor Frazer Pearce) Ref: ENG1072
To apply please access:

Project 14: Optimised electric power system topologies for more- and full-electric aircraft platforms (led by Dr. Serhiy Bozhko and Dr. Jason Atkin) Ref: ENG1071
To apply please access:

Project 15: Navigation and communication technologies aligned to GNSS and including software and receiver technologies to address navigation challenge and enhance safety (led by Prof Terry Moore, Dr. Jason Atkin and Dr. Chris Hill) Ref: ENG1073
To apply please access:

Project 16: The use of Additive Manufacturing to achieve better integration of the technologies and processes, and better support the notion of ‘optimisation’ (led by Dr. Michael Galea, Prof. Chris Gerada, Prof. Ian Ashcroft & Prof. Richard Hague). Ref: ENG1074
To apply please access:

Informal queries may be addressed to: Prof Hervé Morvan: or Project Manager, Dr Helen Thomas . Applications sent to this email address will not be accepted. For information about the Institute for Aerospace Technology see: For information on Engineering please see:  

Applicants will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by the UK Border and Immigration Agency. Please visit for more information. 

This position does not fulfil the UK Visas & Immigration sponsorship criteria for Tier 2, however other sponsorship routes may be possible for international workers subject to eligibility criteria.