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Research Assistant in Ann Dowling Net Zero Impact Fellowship Programme (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,605 to £33,966 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 13th March 2024
Job Ref: NM40530

Two positions are available, for Research Assistants in the Department of Engineering, to work on the Aviation Impact Accelerator project led by Professor Robert Miller.

The post holder will be located in the Whittle Laboratory, West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Climate neutral aviation is possible, however, there is no silver bullet and to achieve it a whole system approach is required considering technology, infrastructure, business models, investment and policy. The Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA) is a multidisciplinary 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 allow decision-makers to map, understand, and embark on the pathways towards sustainable flight.

Key responsibilities and duties include: investigating technologies for climate neutral aviation; contributing to academic and accessible outputs including articles and papers; developing system models of aviation; working closely with AIA team and external partners; promoting diverse participation and achievement in Engineering, including supporting the annual CDT Women in Aerospace event; supporting liaison and collaboration external organisations; participating in networks for the exchange of information; planning and managing your own research activity in collaboration with others.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or have obtained one by the time the position commences. A master's degree is desirable. We are looking for self-motivated individuals who have recently graduated with interests in a range of areas including economics (around the energy transition and technoeconomic analysis), energy transition policy, aviation engineering (aircraft modelling, fuel production, electrical systems, aviation operations or systems, airport design and operations) and data visualisation. The ideal candidates would be interested in one or more of these areas but would also have an interest in working with people across the multidisciplinary AIA team. We will also be looking for candidates who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are interested in outreach in the aviation sector.

This fellowship offers the opportunity to explore a career in aviation and academia while getting the chance to interact with stakeholders in industry, government, and civil society. Post-holders can expect support in exploring their next career goals. It has never been more important to bring together diverse experiences and thinking to tackle the global challenge of climate change, and to demonstrate how innovative thinking can help design a better future. 

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 click on the apply button above.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) 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 Beth Barker (beth.barker@cisl.cam.ac.uk). If you have a query related to the application process, please email Juliet Teather: jet63@cam.ac.uk

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

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