Research Fellow in Polymer Composite Landing Gear Structures
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period
Until 31st December 2025
Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £40,347 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen for those with relevant knowledge and experience to join our Composites and Advanced Materials Centre to work on a multidisciplinary research project funded by Airbus Operations Ltd.
About the Role
This role will shape our Centre's research, focusing on optimizing hybrid materials for next-gen aircraft landing gears. Addressing gaps in technology, it involves critical evaluation of fibre reinforced polymer composite structures, designing joining techniques, topological optimization for mass reduction, and assessing manufacturing impacts (including sustainability and life cycle assessment issues). The research concludes with evaluating optimized landing gear through project reviews, workshops, conferences, and academic publications, influencing the future of landing gear technology.
We are seeking an ambitious and collaborative professional with a PhD (or close to completion) in a relevant field related to materials and structures. This individual will be responsible for developing and delivering research in areas such as materials selection and design, material characterisation and failure analysis, numerical modelling and simulation for topological optimisation, and testing of polymer composite materials and structures. You will have some experience in manufacturing fibre reinforced composite samples/structures and the project will culminate in production of a scale part to demonstrate feasibility of manufacturing the required geometry and performance of the structure.
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 School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace, manufacturing and transport systems technology and management for over 70 years, we deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing industry.
Cranfield Manufacturing and Materials is one of the eight themes at Cranfield University offering world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials' technology and management expertise. Find out more about our work here.
The Composites and Advanced Materials Centre is one of six centres within the Manufacturing and Materials theme.
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.
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 Dr David Ayre, Senior Lecturer in Polymers and Composites, on +44 (0)1234 752947 or (E): [email protected]
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected]. Please quote reference number 4760.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 6 March 2024
Research Fellow in Polymer Composite Landing Gear Structures
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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.