Sustainability Analyst (Graduate)

The Aerospace Technology Institute

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) sits at the centre of UK aerospace research and technology.  We promote transformative technology in air transport, create the technology strategy for UK aerospace and fund world-class research projects. More information about the ATI is available on our website:


FlyZero is the ATI project to enable the UK to lead a revolution in zero-carbon commercial air travel. We are pulling together expertise from across the UK supply chain and universities in an initial 12-month programme to look at the design challenges and market opportunity of potential zero-emission aircraft concepts. The strategic research project will consist of approximately 100 experts from industry and academia looking at areas including the technical and commercial viability of a future zero-carbon emission commercial aircraft design; technology and industrialisation roadmaps; and assessments of the sustainability issues, the UK industrial capability, and market and economic viability.

The Role

We are looking for a graduate / post graduate to support Sustainability work. This will include life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis to understand the environmental impact of the FlyZero concept aircraft using SimaPro. Working closely with the Sustainability Specialist, this may include whole life impacts of FlyZero aircraft concepts, coordinating with commercial and supply chain teams to evaluate impacts of alternative fuels. This will include the impact of infrastructure requirements related to alternative fuel sourcing , working with the engineering team on comparative studies of systems / technology bricks in the aircraft and in airports to assess relative impacts of alternatives.  Coordinating with the commercial team to model environmental impacts based on market uptake and uncertainty analysis of LCA and preparation of data and methodology statements for project deliverables.

Experience should include

Qualified to degree level in sustainability, engineering, materials or related subject. Other degree courses will be considered. Experience of developing LCA models using recognised LCA software, ideally including use of SimaPro. An analytical mind and the ability to pick up technical concepts quickly. Preferably with the knowledge / experience of the aerospace industry.  

Characteristics and skill

Must be self-motivated and able to work under own autonomy or as part of a team, meeting various deadlines as required with an ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy.  Comfortable interacting with people at all levels of the organisation, demonstrating good judgement, self-awareness, and sensitivity.  Good organisational and communication skills, able to write and present in a clear and succinct manner with the ability to work well with a team remotely, using Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint, Microsoft office suite with access to environmental modelling tools.


The FlyZero project will look to use a combination of remote working and office based working at different stages.  Office locations are yet to be determined.  Offices will be based in the UK and selected partly on where the majority of secondees live, but likely feature more than one location to provide geographic reach.  The project will cover costs of travel beyond normal commutes and overnight accommodation when needed.

Assignment Process and Timeline:

Short-listed applicants will go through an interview process . This may commence prior to the application deadline. The project is currently funded until the end of December 2021.

Contact details:

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