Research Fellow in Human Factors

School/Department 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 2 years
Salary 33,309 per annum
Apply by 13/12/2020

Role Description

Cranfield University School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing welcomes applications from motivated and talented post doctoral researchers with experience of investigating driver behaviour and working with large data sets. You will be joining an exciting, vibrant team involved in cutting edge research and teaching provision.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here . Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here .

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace, manufacturing and transport systems technology and management for over 70 years, we deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing industry.

Our reputation for leading in the field of autonomous vehicle systems, applied artificial intelligence and control engineering has been established through more than thirty years of research into this field. We cover all types of autonomous vehicles including airborne, ground and marine as well as space.

The Trustworthy Autonomous System (TAS) node in security is a collaborative 3.5-year grant with Lancaster University, examining the fundamentals of security in networked autonomous systems. At Cranfield, our focus is on 4 areas: the mission, the control, the networking, and the human-machine interface. We are recruiting 4 research fellows for this strategic EPSRC project to work under the umbrella of our general research vector in TAS with Lancaster.

Autonomous systems such as drones, self-driving cars and robots will become a familiar feature of our social environment as technologies develop. As part of this multidisciplinary research programme, the 2 year human-machine interface project recognises the tendency for Autonomous Systems security properties to generate adaptive behaviours, particularly around human machine control issues. Behavioural influences when interacting with autonomous systems will be investigated in order to understand the potential impact on system security. In particular, the research programme will explore behavioural adaptation under security breaches both in the field and laboratory. The successful candidate will investigate how unintended behaviours could have negative effects on safety and security. Questions such as ‘how do behaviours change with repeated exposure to an autonomous vehicle and how might these changes affect human responses to requests for the vehicle to take over?’ will be investigated. As Research Fellow you will be responsible for developing new assessments to profile these adaptive behaviours to develop protocols and standards for autonomous systems that are more secure.

You will be educated to doctoral level in a relevant subject and have experience of management research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. With excellent communication skills, you will have expertise in human factors and a background in analysing large data sets would be an advantage. You will also have a developing track record of publishing in high quality journals. Further information can be found here .

In return, the successful applicant 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.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here .

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Lisa Dorn, Associate Professor of Driver Behaviour, on (T); +44 (0)1234 758223 or (E); l.dorn@cranfield.ac.uk


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