Research Fellow in Simulation and Test

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Research Fellow in Simulation and Test (Fixed Term contract for 2 years)

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. Cranfield Manufacturing is one of the eight major themes at Cranfield University. Our manufacturing capability is world-leading and combines a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise.

The Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre is a mature Centre in its 10th year of operation. Founded by Boeing and a number of aerospace partners (BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Meggitt and Thales) in 2008, it has grown to perform work in sectors such as energy, agriculture, human medicine and rail. Its members include: MOD, Alstom, Novartis, and James Fisher and Sons. In the first 5 years of operation the Centre developed generic technology. In the second 5 years of operation there has been an emphasis on Applied Research projects, with consequently higher TRLs (Technology Readiness Levels).

The Centre integrates a multidisciplinary research effort to develop cost effective component and system health management technologies capable of supporting ground and on-board applications of high-value, high-complexity systems. The IVHM Centre is a pan-university Centre and has drawn on skills and expertise from across the whole University to deliver projects 

Reporting to the Director of the IVHM Centre the job holder will develop research in the broad area of simulation and test for real aircraft sub-systems, e.g. Environmental Control Systems (ECS) or APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). This will be sponsored by the Centre’s Partners and probably be in the 4<TRL<6 range. This is a fantastic job for a competent engineer, with great customer skills, who wants to work on real world problems and build on an existing research portfolio.

The successful post holder will possess the following:

  • BSc/BEng or equivalent and PhD (or be near to completion) in Engineering or Science, with a good knowledge of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, mathematics and thermodynamics.
  • Strong track record in research, including publications
  • Knowledge of one of the IVHM technology areas and Matlab
  • Research methodology and communications skills
  • Experience with industrial partners, demonstrated team leader

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Ian Jennions, Director of the IVHM Centre, on +44 (0)1234 754087 or (E)

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 4951. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2595.

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