Research Fellow in High-Fidelity Aerodynamic Analysis of Ultra-High Aspect Ratio Wings

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

October 13, 2022


Research Fellow in High-Fidelity Aerodynamic Analysis of Ultra-High Aspect

Ratio Wings

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location: Boldrewood Campus Salary: £32,348 to £39,745 per annum Full Time Fixed Term Closing Date: Thursday 13 October 2022 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 1965622DA

Sustainable and fuel-efficient next-generation air transportation demands a step change in aircraft performance. The ultra-high aspect ratio wings (UHARW) configuration is one key enabling strategy for improving aircraft aerodynamic efficiency and reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Unconventional aircraft configurations and advanced airframe technologies are required to address the large bending moment, and shear stresses in the UHARW structure. Under the EU-funded project Robust and Sustainable by Design Ultra- High Aspect Ratio Wing and airframe (RHEA), the strut-braced wing configuration is being studied to realize UHARW.

This position aims to investigate the aerostructural behavior of a strut- braced wing via high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics coupled with a structural model. The research will show the wing's aerodynamic efficiency under different flight conditions. One particular focus will be on the interaction between wing and strut. The project will benefit from close collaboration with other partners, including a wind tunnel test of the strut- braced wing aircraft to be performed by other project partners.

You will have a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering or a closely related field, and extensive experience in CFD simulation, including meshing, parallel computing, and aerostructural coupling.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

You will join a leading Engineering Faculty with an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad. In September 2013 an Athena SWAN Bronze award was received by the School of Engineering in recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.

The Faculty offers exceptional research facilities in the areas of fluids, structures and their interactions, including a new world-class fluid dynamics facilities complex in the Boldrewood Engineering Campus, complete with a 138m towing tank.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Ali Elham,, +44 (0) 238059 6044.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at https: // The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email Please quote reference 1965622DA on all correspondence.

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