Research Fellow in Trust and Sensing for Autonomy (4451) – Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Research Fellow in Trust and Sensing for Autonomy (4451)

Cranfield University

Cranfield, Bedfordshire



Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

24 Months


Starting salary £35,559 per annum

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Role Description

We welcome applications from prospective Research Fellows in Trust and Sensing for Autonomy with experience in designing, training, and validation of machine learning, to work in the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-physical Systems. This exciting new role (2 posts) is co-developed with a strategic UK industrial partner and dedicated to the identified research areas of autonomy.

About the Role

Our reputation for leading in the field of digital systems: sensor data, communications, machine learning, and reasoning – has been established through more than thirty years of research into this field. The centre you would be joining is primarily focused in research on autonomy, leading significant projects in trustworthy and secure AI for future autonomous air and land systems. 

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in a relevant subject and your skills & knowledge will mean you can contribute to research & teaching activities such as (1) research in machine learning for autonomous systems (especially in sensor integration for navigation, and/or trustworthy explainable AI), (2) engage with our commercial defence partner to develop current and future research, and (3) assist in activities in the group with other academics. You will be expected to collaborate with the existing staff working in the same centre and have communications and meetings with our collaborators, the industrial partner at various sites across UK. In return, the 2 successful applicants will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible female candidates.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we hold an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, are sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day and signatories of the Women in Defence and Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charters.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. 

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact either: Prof. Antonios Tsourdos or Prof. Weisi Guo prior to application.

Closing date for receipt of applications:   26 March 2023

As part of this role you may be required to obtain UK Security Clearance.


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