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Research Fellow

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,799 to £30,688 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 18 months)
Closing Date:  Sunday 07 October 2018
Interview Date:   Friday 12 October 2018
Reference:  1038118AK

We are looking for a Research Fellow to work on computational aerodynamics and aeroelasticity as part of a research project funded by European Union. 

The project will support the development of methods and tools to enhance the physical modelling of fluid-structure interaction phenomena important in multidisciplinary optimisation studies, and the assessment of these methods for a range of problems relevant in aeronautics (e.g. transonic buffeting, flapping flight mechanics).

The proposed work aims at improving the modelling of fluid flows, structural dynamics, and models targeting their coupled dynamics. Measurements with the associated uncertainty are considered given and will be taken as input of the data assimilation, and are used to estimate model parameters. The final objective of these activities is to provide more reliable models, complying with experimental data, to investigate complex fluid and fluid-structure phenomena. To improve fluid and coupled fluid-structure prediction methods, we will introduce machine learning techniques to tune both turbulence and structural models. Data assimilation schemes will be derived, assimilating PIV data to tune the turbulence model that best captures the measured flowfield. This flowfield is then an input to the structural model, which will predict the response of the structure. This response can then be compared to the measured structural response as well as the measured forces/moments. Depending on the outcome, the structural or flow model can be further tuned to ensure consistency and improved general predictive capabilities accessing time and space-accurate measurements in wind and water tunnels.

The project will contribute to:

  • Improved realism of analysis tools that will be deployed earlier in the aircraft design process, reducing the risk of not meeting customers’ expectations and shortening the time to bring new aircraft on the market.
  • Reduce current conservatism in aircraft design by performing dynamic (time-domain) aeroelastic analysis, which are today neglected because of the computational costs.
  • A close collaboration with industry guarantees that the outcomes of the project will feed back to the UK and European aviation sector, strengthening its competitiveness. 

Candidates must hold a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and have an excellent research track record. Further experience of working with the DLR-Tau and/or SU2 solvers would be 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.

The University of Southampton is in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. The successful candidate will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education, rated number one in the UK for research power in REF 2014. 

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

For additional information/informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Dr Andrea Da Ronch,

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 Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1038118AK on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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