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Research Assistant/Associate in Sustainable Aviation (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £27,116 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th August 2022
Closes: 19th August 2022
Job Ref: NM32586

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering's Whittle Laboratory on the West Cambridge site (Cambridge, UK), to work on the Aviation Impact Accelerator project led by Professor Rob Miller.

Climate neutral of aviation is possible. However, there is no silver bullet and to achieve it a whole system approach is required considering technology, scale-up, infrastructure, investment, and policy. The Aviation Impact Accelerator is an international group of academics and practitioners drawing on a broad range of expertise assembled by the University of Cambridge, to develop an interactive, evidence-based tool to engage decision makers and the wider public in a discussion on the pathways to net zero flight.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Carrying out research, and developing models, to quantify current and future aviation emissions and environmental impact.
  • Modelling and evaluating new technology and operational strategies in terms of environmental impact, resource requirements and cost.
  • Liaising with academic and industry partners in model development and validation.
  • Planning and managing your own research activity in collaboration with others.
  • Contributing to the planning of joint research led by the principal investigator.

The skills, qualifications and experience for the role are:

  • Submitted or received a PhD in engineering or a physical science subject or equivalent industry experience in a relevant subject area. (required)
  • Experience of modelling systems (can specify programmes) (required)
  • Experience of developing simplified models of aircraft designs (Desired)
  • Knowledge of aircraft, engine performance and operations (Desired)
  • Knowledge of novel fuel storage solution, such as compressed and liquid hydrogen (Desired)

Further details of the requirements are on the HR7 (Further Information sheet) via the "Apply" button.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a unique and important initiative to accelerate the transition to net-zero aviation within the next 20-30 years. 

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD or equivalent experience. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/36370.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), publications list and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy which are of a technical nature please contact Professor Rob Miller (rjm76@cam.ac.uk) and Beth Barker (beth.barker@cisl.cam.ac.uk)  if you have a query related to the application process please contact: Juliet Teather (jet63@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference NM32586 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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