Research Assistant - Fixed Term Contract

Job title Research Assistant - Fixed Term Contract

Department Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,243, rising to £32,236

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Thursday 16 May 2019

Closing date Thursday 30 May 2019

Interview date Monday 17 June 2019

Reference CT6750

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We would like to recruit a Research Assistant to assemble, test and help fly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms and associated sensor payloads.  Aircraft will be flown as part of the “Electrical aspects of rain generation” project, funded by the UAE (United Arab Emirates) research programme for rain enhancement science. This aims to investigate the effects of electric charge on cloud microphysics.  Within the project, a number of small fixed wing aircraft will be flown into clouds to investigate their electrical and microphysical characteristics, using a suite of bespoke meteorological sensors developed during previous projects.  Flights will take place both in the UK and in the UAE throughout the duration of the project.

The research associate will work with a team from the Departments of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, and the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, as well as international collaborators in the UAE. Main tasks will involve assembly of UAV aircraft platforms; integration of aircraft systems (including autopilot, telemetry, data logging and science sensors) and testing of aircraft and systems.  You will be expected to participate in UAV field campaigns in the UK (and possibly internationally), and assist with flight planning, permissions and shipping.

The post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for up to one year in duration,  working with Dr Keri Nicoll, Dr Pejman Iravani, Dr David Cleaver and Dr Jon du Bois.

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