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Research Fellow - Aeroengine noise analyst

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,344 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date:  Tuesday 14 December 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1599521DA

You will join University of Southampton’s Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Propulsion Systems Noise to develop methods for acoustic analysis of future aircraft engines. The goal of the fellowship is to develop techniques for attributing noise measurements to specific components or processes within the engine, and also to enhance modelling of the various noise sources within future engines. Measurement data will include phased array measurements, and the noise sources of particular interest include lean-burn combustion systems. A range of modelling techniques are envisaged including both physics-based and data-driven approaches. The work is in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc., ensuring that the results of this work are robust and industrially-relevant.

We welcome applications from both junior and more senior researchers from a range of backgrounds consistent with the goals of the project. You will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in mechanical/aerospace/acoustic engineering, or a related discipline, along with a strong computing background, and ideally experience in aeroacoustics.

 This position is available from 4th January 2022.

You will be based within the School of Engineering’s Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics group, which provides a collegial environment with many opportunities to collaborate with other group members.

 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, black, minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2016. School of Engineering gives 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. For further information please visit https://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/about/equality-and-diversity.page

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.

Your application should consist of a CV, publication list, completion of the online application form and optionally a cover letter. Two letters of reference are required with contact details to be provided on application (letter requests will be sent should your application be shortlisted).

Informal inquiries are particularly welcome. Please contact Dr Edward Richardson (E.S.Richardson@soton.ac.uk)

* 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.

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

 The post is funded via 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 (i) the Rolls-Royce UTC non-disclosure agreement, and (ii) satisfactory compliance with the Rolls-Royce UTC Baseline Personnel Security Standard.

Application Procedure 

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 Hannah Farrance (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1599521DA 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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