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Research Fellow

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £31,866 - per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 01/03/2022)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 24 February 2021
Interview Date:   Wednesday 10 March 2021
Reference:  1331021DA

You will join our team in the Astronautics Group to work on the development of a novel propulsion system for spacecraft that can use the same propellant for chemical as well as electric propulsion. The project, in collaboration with University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, will work to develop an electrospray thruster and chemical propulsion system that can utilise the same propellant. Work at Southampton will focus on the development of an electrospray thruster, including its design (based upon our previous work), and the experimental testing of the thruster. Some work will also be completed on the experimental testing of a chemical thruster.

It is essential you have a PhD in aerospace engineering along with experience of experimental testing ion thrusters within large vacuum chamber facilities.  Experience of electrospray thrusters or closely related technology and a strong track record of high-quality journal publications is advantageous.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

This post is offered on a full time, fixed-term basis until 01/03/2022.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Dan Ward (HR Recruitment Team) on 02380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1331021DA on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering

Further details:

We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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