Research Assistant/Associate in High Speed Fan Stability in Distortion (Fixed Term)

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A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on High Speed Fan Stability in Distortion.

You would develop key technologies to help the next generation of high-speed axial fans operate in the highly distorted flow conditions seen in embedded engine designs.

Our collaboration with Rolls-Royce has recently identified that the use of casing treatments over just part of the annulus can have a non-linear benefit on fan stability. You would lead the efforts in the soon to be completed National Centre of Propulsion and Power at the Whittle Laboratory to explore this and other problems with high-speed experiments.

The post holder will be located at the Whittle Laboratory, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Experimentally develop improvements to fan stability under a range of distortion conditions
  • Design and commissioning of experimental hardware
  • Developing and running concepts
  • Comparison with CFD or other low-order design methods
  • Determining first order understanding of flow physics
  • Scoping a future high-speed fan testing capability at the National Centre of Propulsion and Power.
  • Writing research publications and attending conferences
  • Writing project reports and attending meetings with project partners

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Knowledge in turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Expertise in experimental testing in wind tunnels or rotating rigs
  • Experience of managing own work load and working with initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of CFD simulations in turbomachinery
  • Experience of working with industry

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

To collaborate with the Rolls-Royce Defence Business, there may be a requirement for an individual to hold a level of National Security Vetting (NSV). If the requirement is identified, Rolls-Royce will support the application for NSV if the individual does not currently already have this in place. Given this requirement, this role is restricted to UK, EU and Commonwealth nationals only. Additionally, applicants must not hold dual US citizenship.

This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not apply.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £29,605 - £33,966 Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions of a technical nature related to the role contact James Taylor at, or the application process, please contact: Juliet Teather email

Please quote reference NM40375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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