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Senior Research Engineer - Fuel Systems (Horizon 3 Team)

Date: Oct 31, 2022

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircraft 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.
 

The Opportunity

Based at our state-of-the-art Research & Development facility - the GKN Aerospace UK Global Technology Centre - in Bristol, we are seeking a new Senior Research Engineer (Fuel Systems) to lead the analysis of hydrogen fuel systems for aircraft applications. This will include thermo-fluid gas dynamics analysis to support the development of Aircraft Hydrogen Fuel system from liquid storage through to gas in conditions suitable for use in fuel cells.  You will perform analyses, reporting findings in a clear and concise manner. You will work alongside other members of the team to peer review technical deliverables; you will scope out deliverables for academic partners, internal resources and subcontractors and manage them to ensure delivery on time, to the correct cost and quality.  You will also support the work of the business to establish design rules and safety standards for the application and use of hydrogen.

How You'll Contribute

In this brand new role, you will:

  • Build capability for thermo-fluid & gas dynamics simulation of multi-phase flows of cryogenic fluids transport, storage & use in aircraft fuel systems.
  • Perform analyses of Hydrogen and other cryogenic systems for system sizing and safety and certification activities; develop methods to validate analysis to ensure accuracy of analyses.
  • Develop processes and best practices for model /tools configuration control, verification & validation.
  • Develop modelling plans and manage associated verification activities.
  • Manage stakeholders to support modelling and simulation needs as and where they arise. 
  • Manage technical relationships with suppliers, industrial and academic partners 
  • Anticipate and manage transversal technical and business issues, arbitrate between solutions considering all aspects: sustainability, reusability, optimization, opportunity, schedule, quality, cost, risks, safety and performance.
  • Engage with industrial forums /standards bodies for continuous development of GKN capabilities.
  • Develop/Manage development of tools to model liquid hydrogen phase change in components/ storage tanks during cryogenic chill down and fuel sloshing as well as tools for sizing baffles/propellant management devices and modelling tank pressurisation, purging and drainage.   
  • Supervise modelling of hydrogen plume dispersion and combustion/explosion studies for development of hydrogen fuelled aircraft operating standards. 

What You'll Bring

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

Essential
•    Degree in Engineering or Mathematics with substantial experience numerical analysis preferably in an aerospace context. 
•    Experience in analyses of cryogenic thermos/fluid systems and multiphase flows.
•    Proficiency in 1D and 3D Fluid Analysis tools such as Amesim, Modelica, Star CC+, or Fluent.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. 
•    Experience in simulation tools development.
•    Ability to write/develop simulation processes.
•    Experience of project and resource management.
•    Ability to read schematics and write specifications for systems and components (including hardware).
•    Proficiency in Mathematical Modelling/Simulation packages, e.g. MATLAB, Simulink or other

Desirable
•    Masters or Phd in Numerical Methods/Computational fluid dynamics.
•    Experience in Aerospace fuel systems modelling and analysis.
•    Programming experience with Python or C++ would be beneficial.

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    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
•    Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus + Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•   Free on-site parking, cafeteria, showers + '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! 
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.

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