PhD Studentships in H2020Galileo-EGNOS as an Asset for UTM Safety and Security (GAUSS)

Cranfield University - School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Start Date: May 2018

Duration of award: 3 years

Supervisor: Dr Huamin Jia

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, and one of Europe’s largest academic centres for aerospace research, development and design. The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is one of the largest providers of engineering education, research and technology support to aerospace industry. The SATM has launched a £35M project cofounded with Airbus Rolls-Royce, to build a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC). The Centre will provide dedicated space and specialist equipment to address future grand challenges which face the aerospace sector.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing Centre for Aeronautics (CoA) aims to be internationally recognised as the first choice for research and education in Aerospace Design, Advanced Engineering Methods, and Avionics Systems Engineering. Aerospace Design covers a wide range of aerospace systems design and applications, including R&D of aircraft, airframe systems, and avionics systems. The CoA operates numerous flight simulators, advanced aircraft avionics integration rig, Ethernet-based AFDX avionics simulation and ATM laboratories.

Project Overview

The purpose of this PhD research position is to support and deliver to GAUSS Research Project in collaboration with other partners, lead partner being Everis. You will be responsible for undertaking high quality research associated with the project work packages in UAVs Traffic Management (UTM), GNSS positioning applications and System Integration and Validation. You will be required to organise project meetings, write project deliverables and coordinate research activities. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential.

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship fully funded by the GAUSS project. The successful candidate will conduct the project research tasks, such as RPAS modelling and performance analysis, trajectory optimisation and traffic management, UTM performance evaluation and analysis, and others.

Entry requirements:

Applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree of First Class or a Master Degree (2:1) in Aerospace/Electrical/Computer/Applied Mathematics, and have good programming skills in C/C++. Experience in UAV control system designs, trajectory optimisation, aerodynamics and/or data networks (wired and wireless) are an asset. The PhD candidate is required to start in May 2018.


This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £24,000 p.a. for three years, which will cover both the tuition fee at the UK level and the maintenance bursary.

How to apply:

Please contact Dr Jia if you would like further information. Applicants should send their CVs and Transcripts to Dr Huamin Jia, and formally submit an online application form online application form.

Dr Huamin Jia

Senior Lecturer in Avionics Engineering

Centre for Aeronautics

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Cranfield University

Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

T: 01234 750111, Ext. No. 5115

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