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Research Assistant in Sports-Engineering Aerodynamics

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

Location: Kowloon - Hong Kong
Salary: HK$15,000 to HK$21,000
£1,457.85 to £2,040.99 converted salary* per month and negotiable.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th May 2019
Expires: 7th July 2019

Expected Start Date: 1st July, 2019 and after                                                                            

Job description

A research assistant position is available at Aerodynamics Acoustics and Noise control Technology Centre (AANTC), HKUST, working in racing equipment/sports engineering aerodynamics. The position is a part of an exciting opportunity to work with professional racing teams and racing car professionals. The successful applicant will be part of a multi-year project at HKUST. The project aims to enhance the aerodynamic performance of professional cyclists. The aerodynamic drag of professional track-cyclists at their top speed can account for up to 95% of the total power demand. The successful applicant will be part of a team that focuses on both numerical and experimental methods to reduce power output/drag. 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 initial appointment can be for two years and renewable. The position can lead to PhD/MPhil opportunities. 

Key responsibilities can be in one or more fields below:

  • Validation and operation of an aerodynamic bike test rig.
  • Design and fabrication of wind tunnel test models.
  • Wind tunnel experiments.
  • Development of technical documents.
  • Reconstruction of the geometry of athletes.
  • Database of the aerodynamic performance of athletes. 

Key requirements include (but not necessarily mandatory):

  • Master degree or above in either physics, mechanical, aerospace, electronics, and/or computer science engineering.
  • Understanding of aerodynamic principles and concepts.
  • Experience in experimental techniques and data post-processing will be an advantage.
  • Technical report writing in English.
  • 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 to Dr. Yi Fang (

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