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Research Fellow

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 24 months
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1433621DA

The world of aerospace is changing.  Environmental goals are becoming more stringent at the same time as air traffic is expanding. In the short term, this calls for new airplane and aeroengine designs with significantly lower carbon emissions and lower noise-per-operation.  In the longer-term, future goals for carbon emission and noise pollution will not be achieved with a conventional tube-and-engine aircraft design. In addition, at small scale, hybrid and electrically driven aircraft are being developed which pose new challenges in terms of acoustic design and optimisation.

Key to success is the ability to understand and model the noise generation process.  You will be involved in Hydrodynamic near-field source development for novel nozzle exhaust geometries and aircraft architectures. 

You will become a member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise (Rolls-Royce Noise UTC) at the University of Southampton. Our close collaboration with industry gives us an immediate route to real-world application for impactful research.  It also brings the opportunity and the requirement to apply real-world design constraints and compromises. 

To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in aerodynamics, aero-acoustics or related discipline; knowledge of theoretical aeroacoustics and its application; proven understanding of the wider engineering principles and the ability to work within in a multidisciplinary project along with experience in numerical methods (for example CFD for aerodynamics or CAA for acoustics, or analytic engineering models for acoustics).

The post is funded as part of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise. Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of appointment with the University will be subject to compliance with the Rolls-Royce UTC non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and recruitment procedures, which may involve an external agency. The post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis for 24 months.

For further information please contact Dr Jack Lawrence (email: j.lawrence@

About the Group: 

The Rolls-Royce Noise UTC was founded in 1999 to provide world-class research and expertise to the aerospace industry.  It is part of the world-leading Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), founded in 1963, and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS) within the University of Southampton.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, 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 (subject to qualifying criteria).

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.

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1433621DA on all correspondence. 

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.

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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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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