Research Fellow in Structural Dynamics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £34,804 per annum
11 May 2021
End of advertisement period
24 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Monday 24 May 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1371421DA

Ice forms on the leading edge of aircraft wings during flight due to the impingement of supercooled droplets on the leading edge. In this industrially funded feasibility study, we will further develop a novel, low power technology for removing ice build-up using vibration. You will develop numerical models for wave propagation in wing-like structures and, through in-depth understanding of the underlying physics, optimise the input to generate a desired vibration response at any remote position on the structure. Vibration experiments will be undertaken to validate the models and quantify the performance and viability of the approach.

The post is based in the Dynamics Research Group (DG) within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The  ISVR is a leading international centre for research in acoustics and vibration.

You will be required to collaborate closely with the UK-based industrial sponsor, presenting your work at regular progress meetings and contributing to contract reports, scientific publications and future grant applications.

You will have a PhD** in structural dynamics or equivalent professional qualifications and experience. Expertise in both vibration modelling and experimentation is essential. Applicants are expected to have at least a working knowledge of spectral analysis, and prior experience of implementing signal processing techniques in Matlab or similar programming language is desirable.

**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.

This post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis for 12 months due to funding restrictions.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Tim Waters:

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. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016. We give 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*.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form, together with your CV, at 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 023 8059 2750 or email Please quote reference 1371421DA on all correspondence.

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