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PhD Student in Sports-Engineering Aerodynamics

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kowloon - Hong Kong
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: HK$200,000
£19,437.98 converted salary* per annual.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th May 2019
Expires: 7th August 2019

Salary Range: Postgraduate Studentship at about 200,000 HKD per annual

Expected Start Date: 1st September, 2019 or 1st February, 2020                                                         

Job description

A PhD studentship is available at Aerodynamics Acoustics and Noise control Technology Centre (AANTC) at HKUST. The PhD student will be part of a research group that focuses on both numerical and experimental methods to improve aerodynamic performance for performance sports. The research will be centred around a newly commissioned large low-noise wind tunnel at HKUST, and the computational modelling work will be conducted using on-site and off-site computational facilities. The position is a part of an exciting opportunity to work with professional racing teams and racing car professionals. The thesis research topics may include one or more of the areas below:

  • Bluff-body aerodynamics in sports engineering.
  • Physics-based prediction model for aerodynamic drag of cyclists.
  • Large-scale computational fluid dynamics simulation for single/multiple cyclists.
  • Advanced wind tunnel measurement techniques for sports engineering.
  • Advanced equipment development for performance sports. 

Key requirements include (but not necessarily mandatory):

  • Master degree in either physics, electronics, computer science, mechanical or aerospace engineering.
  • Familiar with CAD software.
  • Experience in experimental techniques, data processing and uncertainty analysis will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in English (required) and Mandarin (desirable).

Aerodynamics Acoustics and Noise control Technology Centre (AANTC)

The AANTC centre is led by Prof. Xin Zhang and it is based in the School of Engineering, which has a strong international reputation and consistently ranks highly among the top engineering schools. At the AANTC academic staff, research fellows and PhD students work together to develop advanced computational codes for aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and performance simulation, drag and noise reduction concepts to provide engineering solutions for industry. The centre possesses a suite of high-order computational aeroacoustic codes, and various noise and flow facilities. The group has an extensive global network of academic links and industry collaborations. For current projects and research at the AANTC, please see

If you are interested, please send your CV and academic transcript to Dr. Yi Fang


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