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Research Fellow

Signal Processing & Control Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 per annum rising in annual increments to £36,001 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 36 months due to funding restrictions)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 29 November 2016
Interview Date:   Wednesday 11 January 2017
Reference:  803116KR

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

Acoustics Group, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage Facilities

We are offering an opportunity for you to develop acoustic methods to quantify the gas flux from the seabed during an experimental release of CO2in the North Sea.

You will work on the STEMM-CCS project ( which is a collaboration involving partners from around Europe.  Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) provides an important tool to ensure a low carbon future.  The storage of CO2in depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs under the North Sea represents a highly attractive option.  These storage sites are believed to be highly secure, but it is necessary to be able to detect, quantify and understand the impact of leak, should one occur.

The STEMM-CSS project is undertaking a unique experiment: releasing gas within the sediment at realistic water depths in the North Sea.  During this experiment it is vital to understand the gas flux into the water column.  The goal of the team, based primarily at ISVR and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, is to estimate that gas flux using multiple methods.  This will include both active and passive acoustic technologies.  The team will be involved in modelling the acoustic environment, this will allow the design of instrumentation for deployment during the experiment.  The instrumentation will be tested and its performance verified in tank based trials.  The team will also be involved in conducting the experiment at sea and the analysis of the data collected as a result of it. There will be opportunities to travel to collaborate with project partners within Europe and present findings at international conferences.

It is essential that you have skills and experience which include one or more of the following: modelling of bubble acoustics, development of underwater acoustic systems or data analysis.

At Southampton you will be working with Prof. Paul White, (, Prof. Timothy Leighton, ( and Professor Jonathan Bull ( who is based at the NOC.  This is a successful group of colleagues who have collaborated for over 15 years on the use of acoustics in the marine environment.

For further information, please contact Professor Paul White (email:

You will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education rated number one for research power in REF2014.  We have an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Faculty has nearly 200 academic staff working in a number of research themes ( We have exceptional research facilities particularly in our state-of-the-art facilities at our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus (fluids and structures/infrastructure) which includes a 138m towing tank.

In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2013 and again in autumn 2016.   The Faculty 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*, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University of Southampton is the top one per cent 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.

*subject to qualifying criteria 

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 Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 803116KR on all correspondence.

  Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment 


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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