Research Fellow in Future Ports and CO2 Shipping

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
02 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (31/12/2025)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 29 November 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2042322DA

You will be responsible for the development and application of primary research to examine the technology challenges associated with coastal zero carbon shipping including consideration of port infrastructure, cryogenic fuels and cargo, future ship powering and vessel design.

Part of the work will support the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) project 50. This is developing coastal shipping concepts that transport. liquefied CO2 including both ship design and port transfer requirements.  We aim to develop a deep understanding of how a complete system should determine the transport state of the CO2.  The primary driver is the mismatch between where industrial CO2 is generated and where there is no available geostorage, such as the Solent or South Wales, to other regions with excess storage capacities IDRIC will work closely with the UK’s major industrial clusters to address the challenges of industrial decarbonisation. IDRIC is a diverse community of more than 140 partners, including the University of Southampton, brought together to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial cluster by 2040 and four low-carbon clusters by 2030. 

Based in the Maritime Engineering group you will be part of a team of academics and researchers working to help find the way forward for shipping as a whole to rapidly decarbonise.

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis until 31/12/2025. 

You will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in maritime engineering/naval architecture or a related discipline as it relates to large ship design and future fuels.
  • Expertise in critical literature review and use of databases to access open-source research.
  • Proven ability to carry out high level systems analysis and modelling.
  • Be a confident communicator who can deliver technical reports and liaise effectively with industry and academic partners.

The findings and methods developed are expected to be of sufficient scientific novelty and application that they will lead to publications in leading engineering journals. You will disseminate the research findings at project meetings, international conferences, industrial events and policy fora. As a researcher, you will be responsible for supporting general research activity at the University of Southampton and encouraging PhD, MSc and Undergraduate students in related research activity.

You should show strong motivation for independent research, with a publication track record to match.  You will be able to manage conflicting priorities and time constraints, possess good organisational and time management skills, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

For informal inquiries about these posts or other opportunities, please contact Professor Stephen Turnock ( ). 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the University and within School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position. 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) and onsite childcare facilities.

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.’

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 Sian Gale (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 2042322DA on all correspondence.