Research Assistant/Associate in Electric Driven Ducted Fan Aerodynamics (Fixed Term)

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Posted on Fri, 5 August 2022 09:59:56 GMT Competitive Salary Permanent Full Time Source:

Research Assistant/Associate in Electric Driven Ducted Fan Aerodynamics (Fixed Term)

A revolution is underway in urban air mobility and zero carbon flight. Around the world, there are over 200 companies developing electric aircraft and the Whittle Laboratory is working with the leaders in this new field. A position is available for a Research Assistant or Research Associate, funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute, to join the Whittle Laboratory’s team and to be part of this exciting transition.

The post holder will work on Project InCEPTion, a collaboration between industry and academia which is developing a revolutionary all-electric propulsion module that integrates the entire powertrain into the annulus of a ducted fan. The project is led by Blue Bear Systems Research and involves four other partner companies and institutions.

The post holder will investigate the aerodynamic design space of the ducted fan module with sub-scale experimental testing and computational modelling. Scale modelling allows rapid iteration and exploration of the aerodynamic mechanisms and the aim is to achieve maximum propulsor performance with minimal impact upon psychoacoustic noise and losses in the electric powertrain. Understanding gained by the post holder will feed directly into the full-scale, flying demonstrator vehicle being developed by the rest of the consortium.

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

The key responsibilities and duties are:
  • Develop understanding of electric driven ducted fan aerodynamic design space including design of sub-scale experimental test rotating rig and devising, measuring and interpreting performance of test concepts
  • Writing research publications and attending conferences
  • Writing project reports and attending meetings with project partners
The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:
  • Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Thermofluids or a related subject
  • Knowledge in turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Knowledge in ducted fan aerodynamics
  • Experience of managing own work load and working with initiative
  • Experience of experimental testing of rotating rigs or wind tunnel experiments
  • Experience of mechanical design of experiments
Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2022 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter and research publications list 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 or the application process, please contact: Juliet Teather: email (Tel +44 1223 337 581). Technical questions may be addressed to James Taylor, .

Please quote reference NM32549 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.

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Further information


Department of Engineering, West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


£27,116 - £31,406
or £33,309 - £40,927






3 August 2022

Closing date

17 August 2022

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 219470.

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