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Senior Researcher/Researcher in Model Development for the Aviation Impact Accelerator, University of Cambridge.

Senior Researcher/Researcher in Model Development for the Aviation Impact Accelerator, University of Cambridge.

2 positions available, contracted for six months (part-time/full-time), level dependent upon experience

Start date: Immediately


Decarbonisation of aviation is possible. However, there is no silver bullet and to achieve it a whole system approach is required considering technology, scaleup, infrastructure, investment and policy. The Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA) brings together teams from across the University of Cambridge to take on this challenge. Possible routes to decarbonisation include hydrogen aircraft using fuel cell or gas turbine ( or the mass production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) using renewable electricity. 

The AIA team comprises the Whittle Laboratory with expertise in aircraft design and operation; the Hopkinson Laboratory, the Department for Chemical Engineering and BP Institute with expertise in combustion and fuel production and distribution; and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Judge Business School with expertise in strategy, policy and economics.

The project is a partnership with the World Economic Forum and The Prince of Wales Sustainable Markets Initiative and is supported by technical experts at Rolls-Royce, BP and Heathrow.

The project is led by David Pitchforth (Former President of Boeing Defence and Space, and Former Managing Director of the Jaguar Formula 1 team), Prof Rob Miller (Whittle Laboratory), Dame Polly Courtice (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership), and Prof John Dennis (Chemical Engineering) and involves a collaboration of 17 academics.

The role:

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a unique and important initiative to decarbonise aviation within the next 20-30 years.

This is a cross-cutting technical role using modelling and simulation to deliver key technical outputs.

The ideal candidate will have a technical engineering background, with a keen interest in modelling and simulation.

The role will involve programme management, collaboration and coordination across the university to develop and build a whole systems model of the aviation sector within a fixed timeframe, and to a high-quality level.

Experience in fuels, aircraft design, engines or emissions reduction is desirable, but not essential.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact:

Beth Barker, Manager
Aviation Impact Accelerator
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Prof Rob Miller
Professor of Aerothermal Technology
Whittle Laboratory

We will review any expressions of interest as they come in and keep this ad open until it is filled.

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