Aerospace testing development engineer Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate


University of Bristol

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to join an industry-leading, aerospace engineering project with a focus on the design and implementation of flexible wind tunnel models. The successful candidate will be the KTP Associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Bristol and the Aircraft Research Association Ltd (ARA) and will be based at ARA in Bedford.

What will you be doing?

The successful candidate will lead this strategic project, working alongside the Aircraft Research Association Ltd (ARA) and leading academics at the University of Bristol to develop novel technological solutions to enable efficient and accurate design, construction and testing of flexible aircraft wind tunnel models. Such testing technologies are vital for the development of new environmentally friendly aircraft designs.

You should apply if

  • Hold a 1st or 2:1 degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering (or related subject) and preferably a PhD in experimental aerodynamics or related mechanical engineering domain.
  • Experience of wind tunnel model design and testing, ideally of aeroelastic models
  • Knowledge of structural analysis and design
  • Experience in the analysis and interpretation of experimental & numerical data sets
  • Project manager / Technical manager experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Self-starter; able to define & produce new processes & procedures

Inquisitive nature with an interest & skills in problem-solving

Additional information

For informal queries, please contact Dr Nick Zang, or  Prof Jonathan Cooper

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About Author


Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.