PhD Studentships in Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - The Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Center

PhD studentships are now available in the areas of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics at the Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Center (AANTC) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The studentships provide unique opportunities to work on fundamental aeroacoustic physics or engineering problems pertaining to aircraft and transport systems. The studentships will provide a tax-free bursary for the duration of thesis research. Also, the studentship holder is eligible to apply for travel grant of the university to support his/her attendance at overseas conferences/workshops. 

Project descriptions:
PhD studentships are available in the areas of

  • Fundamental research in aerodynamics and aeroacoustics
  • Noise generation and propagation by aircraft airframe
  • Noise generation and propagation in an aircraft engine, e.g., turbofan, and open rotor engines
  • Noise generation and propagation by unmanned aerial vehicles, e.g., UAVs and MAVs
  • Noise transmission in confined environment, e.g., duct acoustics, cabin noise
  • Whole aircraft noise modelling and prediction, for conventional and future designs
  • Flow control for improved aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance
  • Design and testing of biologically inspired low-noise wings, e.g., owl wing inspired 

Research projects will develop, and have access to, new aeroacoustic research facilities with advanced diagnostic capabilities, and a high performance computer cluster. The studentships are provided either by the University or jointly with the aerospace industry. Outstanding candidates are also encouraged to apply for a Hong Kong Fellowship bursary, with the assistance of the department. The student will have opportunities to develop a research profile in either one or multiple fields and to work with senior researchers to broaden his/her research scope. 

Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology:
Founded in 1991, HKUST is an international research university with strong ties to global thought leaders, whilst having wide-ranging connections with Mainland China. It promotes interdisciplinary studies, dedicated to educating well-rounded students to acquire a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking – the necessary foundation and skills for the changing world. The University is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes' driving time from Central Hong Kong. 

The Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Center (AANTC):
The Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Center is based in the School of Engineering. The school has a strong international reputation and consistently ranks high among major engineering schools around the world. In the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Engineering and Technology, HKUST was ranked No. 1 in Greater China and 21st globally. AANTC, led by Professor Xin Zhang, brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and advanced anechoic wind tunnel testing to develop new computational methods, noise prediction methods noise reduction concepts, and provides engineering solution for industry. The centre possesses high-order in-house computational aeroacoustic codes, and various noise and flow facilities. The group has wide academic links and industry collaboration. More information can be found on

Entry requirements:
Candidates for PhDs will have a first class or upper second class degree (or its equivalent) in relevant disciplines, e.g. mathematics, mechanics, aeronautics or engineering. 

Studentship start date:

Closing date for applications:
A rolling deadline applies. 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor Xin Zhang, Email: Tel. + (852) 3469-2220.

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