Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Flight Control Engineer (KTP Associate)

Flight Control Engineer (KTP Associate)


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Off Campus

Hours of work

Normal working hours is Monday – Thursday, 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 1pm.

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

10 months


£32,000- £35,000 per annum, dependent upon qualifications and experience (37 hours per week)

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  • Role Description

    Cranfield University's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    An exciting opportunity to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate has arisen as part of a collaboration project between OTM Servo Mechanism Ltd and Cranfield University. The project will focus on the development of flight control systems that are closely coupled with the aircraft effector actuators.

    About Aerospace Centre for Aeronautics and OTM

    You will work closely with the team at OTM and the Dynamics Simulation and Control Group in Cranfield's Centre for Aeronautics. OTM design and manufacture world-class actuator solutions for, among others, the aerospace sector. The Centre for Aeronautics is one of the world's largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods.

    About the Role

    You will lead the implementation of a flight control computer. This will include developing knowledge on the flight control avionics standards and requirements. You will also test practical flight control algorithms with simulation models and implement these into a modular flight control computer that complies with industry standards, as well as continue development of a hardware-in-the-loop system. This will involve design and development of flight control computer electronics and PCB design.

    About You

    It is essential you have demonstrative understanding of control or avionics systems modelling, development or simulation, in particular experience of coding and algorithm development for control systems or mechatronic systems using software tools such as MATLAB/Simulink. Knowledge of real time systems and communication would also be desirable in this role. This role would suit an individual with excellent software skills and the ability to code MATLAB/Simulink into embedded systems. Previous experience of control systems specification and design is desirable. The role will require the development of knowledge in control algorithm simulation and implementation to required industry standards.

    You will have excellent project and time management skills, and the ability to work independently and to communicate complex information clearly. You will hold a Postgraduate degree (MEng/MSc) in aerospace engineering, control system, mechatronics or related subject. It will be advantageous if you have a PhD in one of these areas.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected] or T: +44 (0)1234 750111. Please quote reference number 4824.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 25 May 2024


    This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government's Industrial Strategy.

    Job details


    Flight Control Engineer (KTP Associate)


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    May 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 25, 2024

    Job type



    Engineering,Space Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.

    The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.

    The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.

    Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.

    Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.

    The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.

    What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

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