Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Aviation Human Factors

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Aviation Human Factors


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type



Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £45,751 to £50,798 per annum with potential progression to £63,059 per annum (Lecturer) and £55,753 to £61,942 per annum with potential progression to £76,988 per annum (Senior Lecturer)

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  • Role Description

    Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Aviation Human Factors

    We have an exciting opportunity for a research-active aviation human factors specialist to join the Cranfield University team.

    About the Role

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and inspirational aviation human factors academic to join our high-performing team to develop further our teaching and research activities. The role involves the design, development, delivery and assessment of postgraduate and continuing professional development courses. It also involves bidding for, leading, and delivering high-quality research and consulting within the field of aviation human factors and publishing in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. This will include supervising MSc and PhD students as well as research staff on projects where you are the lead.

    About You

    You will be educated to doctoral level in a relevant subject with either experience in a research role at a University; significant experience as a human factors specialist; or experience in an operational role related to aviation. You will also have teaching experience, ideally at the postgraduate level, and be able to demonstrate the ability to publish in high-quality peer- reviewed journals.

    For appointment at the Senior Lecturer level, you will be expected to be able to demonstrate a track record of leadership, such as in course management, business development, preparing large funding bids, acting as a Principal Investigator on funded research projects and managing collaborative networks of researchers linked with industry. You will also have experience of successfully supervising doctoral students to completion and a publication track record commensurate with opportunity.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    The Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre is a specialist group dedicated to the development and delivery of teaching, research and consultancy in accident / incident investigation, safety, human factors, risk management and within safety critical sectors including air, rail and marine transport, and more recently, also in healthcare and construction.

    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

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Colin Pilbeam (E): [email protected]

    Apply online now. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hr[email protected]. Please quote reference number 4519.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 04 June 2023

    Job details


    Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Aviation Human Factors


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 04, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Engineering,Physics,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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