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Principal Research Engineer - Cryogenic Hydrogen Installations

Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

Job Summary

GKN’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol is a £32m state of the art technology research and manufacturing process development facility which is a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. It includes a collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain, to help strengthen aerospace technology and support the UK’s Industrial strategy. We are seeking to recruit a Principal Research Engineer – Cryogenic Hydrogen Installations to join our growing team, responsible for the development of hydrogen fuel system and mechanical systems installation (MSI). This will include the development of design principles for cryogenic hydrogen mechanical system installations for fuel system. You will develop both liquid and gaseous hydrogen fuel system connection principles for hydrogen equipment applicable to metallic and composite pipes.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop cryogenic and non-cryogenic hydrogen piping installation concepts compliant to the associated safety, certification and maturity requirements ensuring intellectual property is recorded and protected 
  • Develop concepts for sensing, monitoring and other functional elements of the fuel systems
  • Define and develop requirements, and turn them into a feasible designs by proposing solutions, systems and component definition using ARP4754 methodology. 
  • Ensure development and evolution of system requirements through the design into a validated physical product
  • Define validation plans and ensure compliance through analysis, simulation and/or test (e.g. DO-160) as appropriate
  • Development of the Health, Safety and Environment standards within the project for the handling of cryogenic fluids and hydrogen
  • Maintain awareness of current standards under development for transportation liquid hydrogen fuel systems

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Degree in Engineering or Physics 
  • Experience of fluid mechanical systems installation development
  • Experience of developing cryogenic hydrogen systems.
  • Experience of hydrogen safety assessment and regulatory compliance.
  • Experience with material properties at cryogenic temperatures 
  • Experience of product development lifecycle for cryogenic equipment 
  • Experience in developing design standards for fluid systems
  • Experience in experimental techniques for cryogenic systems  
  • Experience of resolution of manufacturing or in service issues


  • Experience in aerospace mechanical systems installations development
  • Experience of Requirements Based Engineering (RBE) and proficiency in RBE tools, e.g. DOORs. 
  • An active member of one or more international standardisation committees for aerospace. 


We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. To be successful in this role you will have excellent verbal communication skills, with ability to present to a variety of audiences along with outstanding technical report writing skills. You will be energetic and self-motivated with the ability to work independently when required.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Competitive salary dependent on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.


Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply