Research Fellow: Development of numerical methods for the prediction of fan broadband noise

University of Southampton - Faculty of Engineering and the Environment - Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Acoustics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus

Fixed Term (for 3 years due to funding restrictions)

The University of Southampton is a world leading institution for research in aircraft noise, hosting the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). Noise is a major environmental impact of civil aviation. Reducing aircraft noise is critical to the growth of air transport and to the future of the UK aircraft industry.  

Applications are sought for a post-doctoral research fellow to work on the EU-funded project TURBONOISEBB. This is an exciting new project aimed at the use of CFD methods for predicting the broadband noise due to the fan in aircraft turbofan engines. 

Fan broadband is one of the dominant noise sources on a modern aircraft engine. However, its prediction remains poor. This project is part of a large European initiative aimed at improving our understanding of this important noise generation mechanism. The successful candidate will be expected to attend meetings around Europe and present their findings at international conferences. 

Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of appointment with the University will be subject to compliance with (i) the Rolls-Royce UTC non-disclosure agreement, and (ii) satisfactory security screening compliant with the Rolls-Royce UTC Baseline Personnel Security Standard.

Further details can be obtained from Professor Phil Joseph on +44 (0)23 8059217 or

You will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education rated number one for research power in REF2014. We have an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Faculty has nearly 200 academic staff working in a number of research themes ( We have exceptional research facilities particularly in our state-of-the-art facilities at our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus (fluids and structures/infrastructure) which includes a 138m towing tank.

In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2013 and again in Autumn 2016. The Faculty will give due 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 and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University of Southampton is the top one per cent of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities

*subject to qualifying criteria 

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 Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. . 

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