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.

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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. 

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Aug 2019
  • Award type(s)MSc by Research
  • Start date23 Sep 2019
  • Duration of award1 year
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSWEE0084


Paul Lighterness 

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.


The studentship will provide tuition fees for a UK/EU candidate, bench fees and a tax-free stipend of up-to £16,000*.

*To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK/EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

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Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

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For further information please contact:  Dr Paul Lighterness
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