Join our Good Problems Team to explore the commercial potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

The Good Problems Team at Science Practice works with funders, investors, and philanthropists to design innovative challenges and funding schemes in science and technology. We have designed over 30 challenges and funding calls including the £10M Longitude Prize.

We are currently scoping an UAV innovation challenge. We’re looking for an aerospace engineer to help us create viable use cases for UAVs and test them in interviews with domain experts. The role would also involve defining the technical requirements and identifying regulations that UAVs would need to meet in order to become commercially sustainable.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Enjoys working in small mixed teams, in close collaboration with designers and researchers
  • Has a deep technical understanding of UAV design, testing, and safety; ideally, a PhD or an MSc in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related subject
  • Can communicate technical subject matter in simple and compelling language
  • Can synthesise multiple points of view to identify barriers or opportunities for innovation
  • Is comfortable interviewing technical experts, scientists, researchers or academics
  • Has an understanding, or is keen to learn more about, different funding mechanisms such as challenge prizes.

Position details:

  • Location: 83-85 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NQ (near Old Street Station)
  • Term: ~3-6 months
  • Hours: part-time/full-time
  • Starting date: November-December 2017
  • Pay: the rate will be negotiated with the applicant based on their experience.

How to apply

Please send an email with your CV and a brief cover letter to Ana at The deadline for applications is Friday 17th November 2017, 12pm GMT. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!

No agencies please

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