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Research fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term - 48 months
Closing Date:  Wednesday 20 November 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1192519DA

You will be working under the supervision of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellow Dr Christina Vanderwel on the project “Simulating air pollution in the lab” within the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (AFM) Research Group at the University of Southampton. The aim of this research is to apply novel laboratory techniques to simulate wind patterns and air pollution in urban areas. Experiments will be conducted in the University of Southampton’s wind and water tunnel facilities using state-of-the-art laser diagnostics. There will also be opportunities to supervise graduate students and to get involved in other projects in experimental fluid mechanics including turbulent boundary layers, flow control, atmospheric flows, and diagnostics development. 

The AFM research group is comprised of experts in theoretical, computational and experimental fluid mechanics and our aim is to provide an environment in which these different approaches can be combined and focused on particular topics of practical importance. You will join a vibrant team of other researchers and graduate students working in different areas of fluid mechanics ranging from environmental flows to biomedical applications. 

You will have or be close to completing a PhD in turbulent shear flows. Experience with experimental work is critical and knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication of models is desirable. Strong communication and English language skills, as evidenced by publications and presentations, are essential. 

Informal enquiries are welcomed - please contact Dr Christina Vanderwel (C.M.Vanderwel@soton.ac.uk) for further details about the position. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. 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 has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities.

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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1192519DA on all correspondence.

Applications 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 completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering

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