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PhD Studentship in Safety-Critical Software Design

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £22,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 10th December 2018

Duration of award: 3 years

Funding amount: £22,000


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 Safety-Critical Software Design project will be financially supported by a company. This PhD project aims to systematically study software safety assessment process, techniques/methods and fault-tolerant safety-critical software design. Based on the proposed approaches, the student shall develop safety-critical flight guidance and navigation software for future integrated flight management system.

You will be required to organise project meetings, write project deliverables and coordinate research activities. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential.

Entry Requirements

Applicant must hold a Bachelor Degree of First Class or a Master Degree (2:1) in Aerospace/ Computer Software Engineering/Applied Mathematics, and have good programming skills in C/C++ in Linux/Unix environment. Experience in RNP navigation, software safety, trajectory optimisation, aerodynamics are an asset. The PhD candidate is required to start in Feb 2019.


This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £22,000 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 students.

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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