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Research fellow in Multirotor Aerodynamics

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £35,333 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/12/2025
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2071422DA

You will join the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (AFM) Research Group at the University of Southampton. You will be working under the supervision of Dr Andrea Da Ronch on the project “Out of Cycle Next Generation Highly Efficient Air Transport (ONEheart)”. The project is a large, national effort led by Airbus Operations Ltd with several industr ial and academic partners. The aim of this postdoctoral research position is to investigate the strong aerodynamic and aeroelastic interaction of multiple rotors with the wing, and the development of suitable design tools for aircraft design. There will also be opportunities to supervise post-graduate students and to get involved in other projects in the fields of reduced-order modelling via machine learning and aircraft design development. 

The AFM research group is comprised of experts in theoretical, computational and experimental methods 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 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students working in different areas of aerospace and aeronautics, covering the entire spectrum of fidelity levels.

You will have or be close to completing a PhD in computational aerodynamics or aeroelasticity of fixed/rotary wing aircraft. Experience with developing aerodynamic models and methods for fixed/rotary wing aircraft is critical. Experience with SU2, or other aerodynamic analysis tools (medium to high fidelity preferred), and multibody tools, being comfortable with analysis tools such as MATLAB, Python, and high-performance computing are highly desirable. Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and presentations, are essential. 

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days); subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme; a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.  We will give due 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.  

Please contact Dr Andrea Da Ronch (a.da-ronch@soton.ac.uk) for further details about the position. 

*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. 

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 Janice Poon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk  Please quote reference 2071422DA on all correspondence.

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