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Research Fellow

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 01/08/2023)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1337621DA

The fundamental challenge for the 21st century aircraft engineer is to stay on top of the complexity and size of the design problem. This has multiple facets. The solution to a design question (such as, what does the wing of a next generation transport aircraft look like) is constrained by regulations, performance requirements and environmental, sustainability and maintainability considerations. The resulting product itself is complex too, as driven by high demands on redundancy and functionality. Inevitably, design processes mirror this complexity and lose efficiency with increasing scale. You will help us tackle this problem from two directions: 1) developing radically new, machine learning driven methods of defining parametric CAD geometry for aircraft and 2) capturing the rationale behind design decisions, whose efficient subsequent retrieval will aid product certification and re-design in a way that scales favourably with product complexity.

We are looking for an engineer (aerospace, mechanical or software) to work on a project aimed at accomplishing this. You will work as part of a vibrant computational engineering research group on the University’s modern Boldrewood Innovation Campus, collaborating with researchers at two other universities, as well as with engineers from Airbus (our partners in the project).

Essential criteria for the role are: a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Aeronautical or Mechanical or Software Engineering, experience in geometry modelling (including CAD) and programming experience. Desirable attributes are: a PhD in Engineering Design, knowledge of scripted geometry modelling, experience in Python programming. Additionally, a strong track record of high-quality journal publications is an advantage.

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

**subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form a The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1337621DA on all correspondence. 



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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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