Research Fellow in Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £38,017 per annum
23 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £33,797 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 2 years)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1403121DA

You will join our collaborative team in our Experimental Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory. You will assemble and commission a Refractive Index Matched Facility and then study turbulent flows relevant to different practical applications. Problems of interest include flow over rough and porous surfaces, cavity flows as well as flow past flapping foils. We have just installed other brand-new facilities (boundary-layer wind tunnel, water flume and anechoic wind tunnel) and you will have the opportunity to work in these.

To be successful it is essential you have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Experimental fluid mechanics along with experience in the design, development and assembly of experimental setups. Experience and knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication of models and a working knowledge of laser diagnostics is highly desirable. Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and presentations, are essential. 

Applications for Research Fellow positions 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 successful completion of the 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 2 years.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, 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 of Southampton is in the top 1% 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.

Please contact Professor Bharathram Ganapathisubramani ( for further details about the position(s). 

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 Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1403121DA on all correspondence.