Research Associate in Aeroacoustics

Bristol, United Kingdom
£32,548 to £36,613 per annum
31 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £32,548 to £36,613 per annum
Closing date for applications 02-Oct-2018

Based in the world leading research team in the Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to join the team developing state-of-the-art theoretical and experimental methods to investigate the aerodynamic and noise generation from high speed jets.

The problem of noise from high-speed jets has been the subject of many experimental and numerical studies, and the technological advances in the design of the jet engines over the past decades have led to significant reduction of jet mixing noise. However, the changes to the design of jet engines and the use of high bypass ratio (HBPR) turbofans has brought about some new aero acoustical challenges. In HBPR configurations, the distance between the nozzle and the high-lift device (HLD) components, i.e. wing and flaps, has reduced, leading to stronger interaction between the HLD and the jet flow and its hydrodynamic field, resulting in significant “low frequency acoustic amplification” known as the jet-installation effects. As a result, the subject of noise amplification at low frequencies due to the interaction of the jet hydrodynamic field with an external body has recently become an area of research interest because of both its industrial importance and very rich physics.

The aeroacoustic measurements will be carried out in our new large aeroacoustics facility at the University of Bristol. You will develop new experimental tools and produce high quality data in close collaboration with both academic and industrial partners. You will also be involved in the supervision of PhD students working on similar topics.

This project will be in collaboration with some other partners from the Queen Mary University of London, Airbus and Embraer. As part of the project, you will share data with partners and attend review meetings to present your results. The research outcomes of this research are expected to be published in the field’s top journals.

You will have a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics (or closely related discipline) and have good experience of acoustics as well as a wider knowledge of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics.

This post is offered on a full time, open ended basis with funding up to January 2022.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on or around: 20/10/2018.
Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Mahdi Azarpeyvand (

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