Research Fellow in Non-Thermal Plasma Technology

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £33,309 per annum
13 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £33,309 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/07/2022)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 09 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1546021DA

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis until 31/July/2022 due to the funding expectations, but it can be extended based on the funding availability and your performance.

You will join our collaborative, multi-disciplinary team working on developing new non-thermal plasma technologies for future crewed missions and medical applications as well as in-situ resource utilisation in future crewed long-duration space missions, medical applications and non-thermal plasma technology for decontamination. You will be working under the supervision of Dr Minkwan Kim at the University of Southampton with several PhD students and Research fellows. 

In addition, you will collaborate with University College London, NASA Glenn Research Centre, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the project. 

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop and characterise non-thermal plasma source for decontamination and water purification
  • Quantify and measure chemical and biological decontamination efficiency of non-thermal plasma

In addition, you will contribute to the research group's activities, and publish new findings in peer-reviewed journals. There will also be an opportunity to gain experience in teaching and student supervision.

To be successful, you will have a PhD* in plasma physics or within 3 months of completion. Experience with experimental work is critical and knowledge of non-thermal plasma is desirable. Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and presentations, are essential.

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 has a generous maternity policy**, onsite childcare facilities.

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.

**subject to qualifying criteria

*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.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Min Kwan Kim ( Applications are only accepted via the online application process.

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 Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1546021DA on all correspondence.

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