Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in Aerospace (11 Fixed Term Positions in Electrical, Electronic, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Navigation Technologies, Big Data and Psychology)

University of Nottingham – Engineering

Location:  Aerospace Technology Centre, Jubilee Campus

Salary: £18,573-£20,496 per annum in accordance with the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme


Applications are invited to work with Prof Hervé Morvan and his colleagues in the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) on the European funded project, INNOVATIVE - The Integration of Novel Aerospace Technologies. Areas of investigation include: novel aircraft technology attached to propulsion, airframes and controls, ground operations, 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 includes four research areas and 24 ESR positions to be recruited over 3 cohorts.


The Integration of Novel Aerospace Technologies (INNOVATIVE) enables the exploration of game-changing and disruptive technologies, materials, methods and processes for the aerospace sector AND their impact and interactions in the context of the interdependences in the aerospace industry spanning cost, weight, energy and the environment, and the human experience and safety.

INNOVATIVE will aim to deliver a step-change in the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in aerospace technologies by providing a comprehensive programme that will empower these researchers with a multidisciplinary skillset comprising tools, techniques and methods suitable for pursuing careers in Aerospace Technology and related fields.


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 (spanning the areas shown above) with a current aerospace portfolio of over £60m. The ESRs will receive unrivalled exposure to the aerospace industry through secondments into leading companies that specialise in a variety of aerospace applications ranging from technology providers (Airbus Group Innovations, SKF, GE), systems integrators (Triumph Aerospace, Aernnova), Original Equipment Manufacturers (Rolls-Royce) and aircraft manufacturers (Agusta Westland). Partners will offer placement opportunities of up to6 months. Candidates may be required to move between countries as necessary for approximately 6 months during the project. The length and nature of the secondment will be dependent on the requirements of the ESR’s individual project and the wishes of the company.


Each ESR will develop novel technologies leading to PhDs, while simultaneously contributing to the formulation of a joined-up blueprint for tomorrow’s air transport system. Each core technology activity will occur in one of our world-leading research groups or centres for gas turbines, power conversion & electrical machines, materials and structures, additive manufacturing, geospatial sciences, computer sciences, mathematical sciences and human factors under the supervision of two leading academic experts. The team will engage in a collaborative activity, as part of a Transversal Activity on integration and demonstration, to integrate the novel technologies and propose a holistic model of a future air transport system for aircraft and operational systems.


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.

These full-time posts are available from January 2018 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract.


To apply please access the links below relating to your preferred project(s):

Project 12: Non-intrusive technologies to measure real time pilot workload (led by Dr. Rob Houghton, Dr. Paula Moran, Dr. Elizabeth Argyle and Prof. Sarah Sharples). Ref: ENG1117
To apply please access:

Project 14: Optimised electric power system topologies for more- and full-electric aircraft platforms (led by Serhiy Bozhko, Jason Atkin, Chris Hill). Ref: ENG1118
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: ENG1119
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: ENG1074X1
To apply please access:

Project 17: Big data analysis e.g. for advanced MRO scheduling or navigation (led Dr.  Grazziela Figueredo and Prof. Hervé Morvan). Ref: ENG1120
To apply please access:

Project 19: Integration aspects of electrical components as part of an aircraft advanced propulsion system (led by Dr. Michael Galea / Prof. Hervé Morvan / Prof. Seamus Garvey). Ref: ENG1121
To apply please access:

Project 20: Integration of design and manufacturing; decision making in a concurrent engineering context (led by Dr. Tom Turner). Ref: ENG1122
To apply please access:

Project 21: High temperature integrated machine drives – the development of electrical machines and power electronics for traction and generation applications (led by Dr. Michael Galea, Prof. Chris Gerada, Prof. Steve Pickering and Dr. Carol Eastwick). Ref: ENG1123
To apply please access:

Project 22: High Integrity Electronics – software and hardware solutions (led by Dr. Alessandro Costabeber and Dr. Michael Galea). Ref: ENG1126
To apply please access:

Project 23: Introduction of new technologies to increase MRO intervals, e.g. better gearbox sealing technology for helicopters (led by Prof. Hervé Morvan and Prof. Seamus Garvey). Ref: ENG1124
To apply please access:

Project 24: Advanced Navigation Architecture for Low Cost UAVs (led by Prof. Terry Moore). Ref: ENG1125
To apply please access:

Informal queries may be addressed to the Project coordinator, 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: If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, Tel: +44 (0)115 951 5206.

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.