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Novel design and development of an innovation aeroplane technology to enhance the user travel experience - MSc by Research

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The successful researcher will be awarded a 12-month studentship hosted at Cranfield. The studentship will provide tuition fees for a UK/EU candidate and bench fees and a tax-free stipend of up-to £16,000*.

The Centre for Competitive Creative Design at Cranfield University are working in partnership with an internationally recognised aerospace company located within the UK to develop and test novel aeroplane technology to enhance the user travel experience of passengers in flight.
The focus of this particular project is on design integration and testing of the technology in laboratory and controlled environment conditions. This will require a person with excellent mechanical design engineering experience/skills with a passion for rapid prototyping and new product development.

The aim of this overall project is to design, prototype, test, and integrate a novel aeroplane technology to enhance the user travel experience of passengers.

To achieve this, you will be expected to: Conduct a literature review on available technologies (including patents), prototype and test a select combination of technology solutions in a laboratory and controlled testing environment, and evaluate the technologies affordability of material, manufacturability, and technology readiness to market.

Candidates should be willing to undertake workshop, lab, and field work to understand the information needs and priorities of different audiences, so experience of social science research methods is needed. A strong knowledge of design engineering, science communication, and knowledge of aerospace technologies is desirable.

The successful candidate will work alongside a small group of researchers, in addition to the academic lead, to jointly deliver the overall project. Therefore, being able to work as a member of a research and development team is essential.

The Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) at Cranfield is the internationally recognised and award-winning centre of excellence for creative design and innovation. We have breakthrough innovation facilities and highly experienced staff.

Entry requirements
Applicants should have a first or second-class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a technical subject area (e.g. industrial design, engineering, product design, mechatronics, materials).

Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Whilst candidates will be required to work to their own initiative and manage their own work programme, they should also be able to work as part of a team.

This project would suit candidates with experience of workshop and laboratory work.

How to apply
If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form.

For further information please contact:
Paul Lighterness
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 2141

Funding Notes

*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK/EU national.

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