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University Research Integrator - Noise and Aeroacoustics (12 month FTC)

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
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 looking for a University Research Integrator (12 month FTC) to join the Horizon 3 team, responsible for exploring radical new and technologies such as hydrogen propulsion, digitalisation and advanced air mobility. Working closely with the Technology Leader – Emerging Technologies, the Research Integrator will be based between the University of Bristol and GKN Global Technology Centre Filton. The role will work together with the university to steer the current or potential projects and support the upskilling of the team on the topic of noise and aeroacoustics. The role will focus on supporting the transfer of knowledge to develop silent and sustainable aircraft (including Hydrogen powered, hybrid/electric and vertical take-off and landing aircraft), and as such, the successful candidate will have sufficient academic background and aptitude to learn.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop process and best practices for analytical, empirical, numerical and computational aeroacoustics analyses of rotors, propellers and airframe structures for noise prediction at appropriate levels of fidelity to aid the conceptual, preliminary and detailed aircraft design processes
  • Enable the transfer of knowledge (including tools, methods and software) into the team to support the design, development and integration of low noise propulsors in the context of eVTOL as well as fixed wing aircraft.
  • Support the application and adoption of new noise prediction methods and techniques to live projects whilst establishing noise centric design handbooks/procedure documents for the team
  • Manage all University technical engagements including MSc, group design projects, PhDs and technology roadmaps, in order to ensure that this capability is sufficiently matured to support skills transfer to GKN
  • Engagement in the development of strategic way forward with University live projects/acting on opportunities
  • Develop and deliver training material to the team in the field of noise and aeroacoustics
  • Enhance connections between GKN specialists and university academics
  • Share requirements for new research projects/experiments

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:


  • Accredited undergraduate degree in Engineering or Science based subjects
  • Postgraduate degree (preferably PhD) in a relevant field (e.g Aerodynamics, aeroacoustics or other)
  • Experience in computational aeroacoustics analysis, preferably in an aerospace context
  • Experience in computational aerodynamic analysis, preferably in an aerospace context
  • Experience in aircraft or propulsion system design


  • Experience in rotor or propeller design and optimisation
  • Experience in whole aircraft/rotorcraft design
  • Experience in aeroacoustics testing/experimentation


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 need to have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and have the ability to develop and deliver engaging training material. You will be a strong self-starter who is able to use their initiative whilst remaining aligned with GKN direction. 

What We'll Offer

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

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience
  • 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