The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Research Assistant (SATE)

Salary range £31,134 - £36,092 per annum
DurationFixed term for 12 months
Working hours35 hours per week
LocationInverness or Orkney
Closing DateSunday 21 March 2021

This role will underpin the project by examining the existing regulatory and certification frameworks within which novel aircraft are designed, operated, maintained, and controlled, resulting in the creation of roadmap reports describing the changes necessary to accommodate safely these activities alongside existing users of airspace and ground facilities. It also requires the creation of a ‘digital twin’ of the aviation system to allow analysis of the socio-economic impact of low-carbon aviation operations, to understand both the effects of novel aircraft on the communities they serve, and the nature and consequences of legislation and policy initiatives designed to encourage their adoption.

The applicant will need to demonstrate knowledge of the certification, regulatory and policy frameworks covering aircraft design and operation (including MRO activities), airport infrastructure, and air traffic management. They will also need experience in creating numerical models of complex systems, including validation and optimisation.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants with informal questions are encouraged to contact Prof Andrew Rae, Professor of Engineering, by email to

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March 2021, by video conferencing.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.