Student Research Assistant-Flight Research Lab

Position Overview

The student hourly research assistant will support the on-going research at the KU Flight Research Laboratory at the KU airport facilities north of Lawrence. Normal hours are up to 10 hours/week during the semester, 30 hours/week during winter break, and 40 hours/week during the summer.

Successful candidates will have strong computer skills with experience in flight dynamics and control, programming languages and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Candidates should also have written and verbal communication skills, organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as being self-motivated, reliable, and work well as part of a team. Veterans and under-represented individuals are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

  • Assist with design, fabrication, and control of unmanned aerial systems (UASs)
  • Flight test preparation
  • Conducting flight tests and performing post-test analysis
  • Perform flight test simulations
  • Developing numerical and optimization analysis

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Flight Dynamics and Flight Control as determined by previous coursework
  • Proficient in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Proficient in AAA or AVL modeling software
  • Be a junior, senior, or graduate student in Aerospace Engineering or related field
  • Have source of transportation to KU airport facilities

**During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on flight test experience
  • Knowledge of ROS and real-time systems
  • UAS flight test engineering experience
  • Experience in estimation and optimization methods
  • US Citizen or permanent resident (per requirements of some grants for core funding)
  • Veterans and/or under-represented individual
  • Work Study
  • Minimum KU GPA of 3.0

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of the online application, cover letter, and resume. Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Information to Applicants

Amy Borton

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24703BR
  • Department:  Aerospace Engineering
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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