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Research Fellow in Experimental Aerodynamics

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £31,866 to £35,845 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/08/2022)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 February 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1228420DA

Working under the supervision of the Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani in a range of projects that includes conducting experiments 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. Your area of primary research will be aimed at developing fundamental understanding of turbulent flows relevant to different practical applications. Current projects on offer include,

  • Turbulent boundary layer flow over rough, porous and compliant surfaces 
  • Aerodynamics of flow over stalled airfoils
  • Fluid-structure interactions of membrane/flexible wings
  • Vortex-wake interactions in flapping wings/foils
  • Data-assimilation/Machine-learning methods applied to above physical problems to improve modelling strategies. 

You will have the opportunity to design new experiments in state-of-the-art wind tunnels and water flumes, record and analyse high-fidelity experimental data acquired using advanced flow diagnostic methods. Our labs are moving to brand new facilities and you will be in a unique position of coordinating part of these efforts.

It is essential you have or are close to completing a PhD* in Experimental fluid mechanics where analysis of data is a strong component in addition to acquisition of different datasets. Experience and knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication of models is desirable. Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and presentations, are essential. 

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*, 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.

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

*subject to qualifying criteria

Please contact Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani ( for further details about the position(s).

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 Steff Palmer (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4560. Please quote reference 1228420DA on all correspondence.

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

Further details:

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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