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PhD Student in Rotor/Helicopter Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

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                                                                      

A PhD studentship is available in multi-rotor/helicopter aerodynamics and noise. The PhD candidate will be part of a research group aimed at developing theoretical, experimental and computational methods of rotor aerodynamics and noise ( The research areas of the PhD thesis research may include one or more of the areas below:

  • Analytical and physics-based
  • Acoustic wind tunnel experiments.
  • Numerical simulations using computational aeroacoustic softwares.
  • Optimized blade profiles for low-noise aerodynamic performance.
  • Bio-inspired flow control devices for rotor aerodynamics and low noise emission. 

Key requirements:

  • Master degree in mechanical, aerospace, or other relevant engineering disciplines, and/or mathematics with relevant background research experience.
  • Familiar with CAD design and structural analysis.
  • Experience in using CFD is desirable.
  • Experience in wind tunnel experiments and related diagnostic tools 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, noise prediction software 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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