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Research Fellow in Computational Composite Structures (Aeronautics and Astronautics)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£37,099 to £42,978
Closing date
23 May 2024

Job Details

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £37,099 to £42,978
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 May 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2699824DA

Are you a passionate engineer with a PhD/ working towards your PHD who is eager to push the boundaries of composite structures? Then join our dynamic team at the esteemed Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics! We are seeking a talented and motivated Research Fellow to contribute to a fully-funded project focused on advancing the computational analysis and manufacturing of these critical materials.

Who are we?

We are a world-renowned research group at the forefront of aerospace innovation. Our department boasts cutting-edge facilities, collaborations with industry leaders, and a vibrant, intellectually stimulating environment. We foster a culture of excellence and support, allowing researchers to flourish and make meaningful contributions to the field.


  • Conduct advanced computational analyses of composite structures using state-of-the-art software and methodologies.
  • Implement manufacturing techniques for producing high-performance composites.
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of researchers, engineers, and industry partners.
  • Contribute to the publication of high-impact research papers.


  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
  • Expertise in composite materials and their behavior under different loading conditions.
  • Experience with manufacturing techniques for composites (e.g., autoclave processing, additive manufacturing).
  • Proficiency in computational tools such as ANSYS, LS-DYNA3D, Abaqus, or similar FEA software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

What do we offer?

  • A competitive salary and benefits package.
  • A chance to work on a cutting-edge project with a significant impact on the aerospace industry.
  • A stimulating and supportive research environment.

This post is a fixed term of 6 months with a possibility to extend the position beyond the end of the current contract duration.

Your application will be treated in the strictest confidence. For informal inquiries about these posts or other opportunities, please contact Prof. Michele Meo (

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 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 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.


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