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Marie Sklodowska-Curie (SMARTANSWER) Early Stage Researcher Aeroacoustics: Fan Proximity Acoustic Treatments for Turbofan Noise

Acoustics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,346.32 to £33,773.64 per annum. This is subject to a 6 monthly review due to exhange rate fluctuations.
Full Time Fixed Term (for 36 months)
Closing Date:   Friday 31 March 2017
Interview Date:   Tuesday 30 May 2017
Reference:  840817KR

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton invites applications for an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) within the framework of a European Marie Sklodowska- Curie European Training Network (ETN) ‘SmartAnswer’. The position is associated with a PhD studentship at the University of Southampton, one of 15 PhD positions available within SmartAnswer at 9 universities, 1 research centre and three industry partners. 

SmartAnswer aims to develop innovative technologies for flow and acoustic control, to provide better passenger comfort and reduce the environmental impact in air and surface transportation, for quieter domestic appliances and systems, and more sustainable wind energy production. It offers researchers an unprecedented training platform combining laboratory experiments, theoretical modelling, numerical simulations and optimization, and confronting them through strong interactions with industrial stakeholders with the practical constraints (manufacturing, economic …) that apply in the aeronautical, automotive, wind turbine and cooling/ventilation sectors.

The University of Southampton is offering a SmartAnswer ESR position in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) for a PhD project entitled:

‘Fan proximity acoustic treatments for improved noise suppression in turbofan engines’

Acoustically absorptive treatments (‘acoustic liners’) are commonly applied inside aircraft engines to suppress internal noise sources, in particular fan noise, which will be the dominant source in ultra-high bypass engines of the future. An area that has not been acoustically treated in the past is the duct casing in the immediate proximity of the fan, for example over the tip of the engine fan blades. The objective of this research project is to develop an understanding and a prediction model for the noise reduction benefits of this innovative concept. This will include theoretical and numerical investigation of the physical mechanisms and the small-scale experimental validation.

Expected outcomes of the research will be in the form of theoretical models and detailed numerical simulations, which will guide the choice of low-TRL proximity liner designs to provide optimal noise reduction and meet installation constraints (volume, weight, etc.).

The PhD will be based at the ISVR under supervision of Dr Brian Tester and Professor Jeremy Astley. Short secondments are planned at partner institutions of the SmartAnswer network: ECL (France), Siemens International SoftWare (SISW) (Belgium) and TNO (Netherlands).

The multidisciplinary topics addressed in SmartAnswer are scientifically challenging and of high technological and economical relevance, promising interesting career prospects in academic and multi-sectorial industrial environments.

The SmartAnswer partners will strictly adhere to the ethical standards of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers[1]. Applicants must satisfy eligibility rules in terms of transnational mobility[2]and in particular should not have studied or worked in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior to recruitment.  A strict equal opportunity, gender-neutral and internationally comparable recruitment procedure is implemented.

The position will be full time with an initial fixed term of 36 months.

For further information, please contact Dr Brian Tester

In order to be considered for this post, please also complete the postgraduate application process via reference: ISVR-FDAG-135

Upon completion of the recruitment process your job title will be referred to as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow European Training Network (ETN).

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 840817KR on all correspondence. 

About the ISVR

The ISVR, founded over fifty years ago, is internationally recognised as a world-leading research institute for its work on sound and vibration problems. It has a long history of industrial collaboration in the field of aviation noise and is looking to expand its world-class research team to help meet the challenge of reducing noise on the next generation of aero engines.

About the University

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 the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 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 new aeroacoustic wind tunnel.

In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering, we were awarded Athena SWAN Silver in 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



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


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