Institute for Aerospace Technology



INNOVATIVE: The Integration of Novel Aerospace Technologies

INNOVATIVE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Programme hosted by the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and funded by the European Union.

The programme enables the exploration of game-changing and disruptive technologies, materials, methods and processes for the aerospace sector AND their impact and interactions in the context of the interdependencies in the aerospace industry spanning cost, weight, energy and the environment, and the human experience and safety.

INNOVATIVE is ambitious and aims to deliver a step-change in the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in aerospace technologies by providing a comprehensive programme that empowers researchers with a multidisciplinary skillset comprising tools, techniques and methods suitable for pursuing careers in Aerospace Technology and related fields. The programme includes four research areas and 24 ESR positions will be recruited over 3 cohorts.

INNOVATIVE ESRs will be based within the Institute for Aerospace Technology and supervised by a large multidisciplinary academic team of world-leading scientific research experts (spanning the areas shown above) with a current aerospace portfolio of over £75m.

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Current Opportunities

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Project Outcomes

Each ESR will develop novel technologies leading to PhDs, while simultaneously contributing to the formulation of a joined-up blueprint for tomorrow’s air transport system. Each core technology activity will occur in one of our world-leading research groups or centres for gas turbines, power conversion & electrical machines, materials and structures, additive manufacturing, geospatial sciences, computer sciences, mathematical sciences and human factors under the supervision of two leading academic experts.

The team will engage in a collaborative activity, as part of a Transversal Activity on integration and demonstration, to integrate the novel technologies and propose a holistic model of a future air transport system for aircraft and operational systems.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria (available here). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in applied mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering (mechanical, manufacturing and electrical/electronics) backgrounds relevant to each project.



The ESRs will receive unrivalled exposure to the aerospace industry through secondments into leading companies that specialise in a variety of aerospace applications ranging from technology providers (Airbus Group Innovations, SKF, GE), systems integrators (Triumph Aerospace, Aernnova), Original Equipment Manufacturers (Rolls-Royce) and aircraft manufacturers (Agusta Westland).

Partners will offer placement opportunities of up to 6 months. Candidates may be required to move between countries as necessary for approximately 6 months during the project. The length and nature of the secondment will be dependent on the requirements of the ESR’s individual project and the wishes of the company.


The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665468.

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Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU

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