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PhD Studentship in UAS Safety and Security System

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £24,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 11th December 2018

Duration of award: 3 years


Dr Huamin Jia

Centre for Aeronautics

School Of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing

Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL

Tel: + 44 (0) 1234 750111 Ext. 5115


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 SATM’s 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 UAV Safety and Security System project is to develop a remote pilot ground station to operate UAS safely and securely and to support and deliver to GAUSS Research Project in collaboration with other partners, lead partner being Everis. The student will be responsible for undertaking high quality research activities associated with the project work packages in UAVs Traffic Management (UTM), GNSS positioning applications and System Integration and Validation. The student will develop air-ground combined Detect and Avoid system and geofencing system.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree of First Class or a Master Degree (2:1) in Aerospace/ Electrical/Computer Engineering, and have good programming skills in C/C++ in Linux environment. Experience in UAV control system designs, multisensor navigation, and detect and avoid are an asset. The PhD candidate is required to start in Dec 2018 or Feb. 2019.


This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £24,000 p.a. for three years, which will cover both the tuition fee including Additional Fee Element (AFE) at the UK level for UK/EU candidate and the maintenance bursary. The current PhD tuition fee is £18,500 p.a. for overseas student.

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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