Post/s of Full-Time or Part-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (post-doc) -...

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 May 2021

Call for Applications (Call ID: 74/2021)

Post/s of Full-Time or Part-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (post-doc)


Investigating hybrid Turbo-ElectRic AicrafT Engines

Institute of Aerospace Technologies.

  • Applications are invited for a Research Support Officer to work on a full-time or part-time basis on “Investigating hybrid Turbo-ElectRic AicrafT Engines – ITERATE”, a project financed by the University of Malta through the Transdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange Complex (TRAKE). The selected applicant will develop a conceptual hybrid thermo-electric aircraft engine and model its performance for various scenarios. The Research Support Officer may also be required to work on other projects undertaken by the Institute of Aerospace Technologies.
  • Applicants for the post must be in possession of a degree in one of the following areas: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics or related disciplines. Applicants for the post in the possession of a PhD or with relevant post-doc experience in the research area will be given preference. Candidates in possession of a Master’s degree with an interest to pursue a PhD in an area will also be considered. Experience of Matlab, GasTurb and/or MotorCAD is considered an asset.
  • The University of Malta is an Equal Opportunity employer.

  • The full-time post is for a period of 36 months for RSO I or II and 30 months for RSO III or IV and carries an initial annual remuneration of:
  • Research Support Officer I - €20,800 or €10 per hour for candidates in possession of a first degree;

    Research Support Officer II - €24,960 or €12 per hour for candidates in possession of a Masters degree;

    Research Support Officer III - €31,200 or €15 per hour for candidates in possession of a PhD;

    Research Support Officer IV - €41,600 or €20 per hour for candidates with significant post-doc experience.

  • Applicants need to be willing and able to work in Malta.
  • Candidates must submit their cover letter, a copy of their curriculum vitae and a copy of their certificates (certificates of degrees must be submitted in English) by e-mail to by not later than Tuesday, 4th May 2021.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

  • Further information may be obtained from: . For more information on the IAT please visit . Further information about the project may be obtained by sending an email to .
  • About the project

    This project investigates hybrid turbo-electric aircraft engines as a cleaner means to power air transport. Aviation facilitates global mass transit of people and goods and is a primary driver of the economy. Despite the current slow-down in the aviation industry due to COVID-19, the industry has proven to be a resilient one. In the coming years, it is therefore expected to recover to Pre-COVID-19 growth rates of approximately 5% per annum. Yet, these growth rates are environmentally unsustainable. This project addresses this by proposing a new generation of hybrid turbo-electric engines. The hybrid-electric engine requires a lower use of battery storage whose low energy density still presents key limitations to fully electric aircraft. Hybrid-electric engines may yield significant benefits particularly in short haul twin-engine turboprop airliners (such as ATR 72). Such aircraft perform over 40% of all commercial flights and thus small fuel savings collectively account to a significant impact on the environment. The project will also extrapolate a technology route to Category D single aisle aircraft with turbo fan engines (such as the A320 or B737), thus identifying missing technological building blocks.

    Further information

  • The Research Support Officer will be responsible for the execution of a number of tasks related to ITERATE. The project is financed by the University of Malta, in which the Institute of Aerospace Technologies is the lead partner.
  • The appointee will report to the principal investigator of the project and will be responsible for carrying out research with the main duties including:
  • Assist in the management of the project;
  • Developing a hybrid turbo-electric engines conceptual designs and investigate the dis/advantages of series/parallel configurations;
  • Develop performance models of gas turbine engines and carrying out simulations to investigate various operating scenarios of the hybrid engine;
  • Investigate electric machine topologies to establish the best fit for the application;
  • Develop an electro-magnetic design of the electrical motor through analytical and finite element models, and carrying out simulations to investigate various scenarios;
  • Producing project deliverables within the time frames specified in the project description;
  • Preparation scientific conference or journal papers related to the project;
  • Travel to attend meetings/conferences as the need arises;
  • Assisting in dissemination activities related to the project; and
  • Performing any other project-related tasks as instructed by the principal investigator.
  • 3. The appointee will be expected to work on UM campus during hours determined by the University authorities.

    4. The selection procedure will involve:

    a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);

    b. shortlisting; and

  • an interview and / or extended interview.
  • 5. The post is for a period of 30 or 36 months which will be subject to a probationary period and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.

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