Research Associate/Fellow in Engineering
University of Nottingham Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 29th April 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

This project aims to develop new methods and understanding of how to deliver additively manufactured adaptable porous surfaces for use in aerofoil structures to reduce noise. At the end of the project, we will have delivered understanding and demonstrated the ability of an aerofoil structure to adapt porosity to different flow conditions, such as flow speed and boundary layer thickness. To achieve the appropriate adaptability using additive manufacturing is technically challenging since it requires shape-memory actuators or piezo-electric materials to be printed with conductive interconnects to deliver and transmit their electrical power and voltage signals, respectively. 

This position is part of a large team of multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional researchers funded by the Engineering Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Quiet Aerofoil With Adaptive Porous Surfaces (QUADPORS) project led by the University of Southampton. This research initiative is working with partners from Brunel and City Universities. The project is aimed at understanding and exploiting the interactions between porous aerofoils and the boundary layers developing over them for the purpose of optimising noise reductions without compromising aerodynamic performance. The use of adaptive manufacturing technology will be investigated for providing the optimum porosity at different operating conditions.

 The project has the following objectives:

(1) To understand how the properties of porous materials integrated within an aerofoil can provide an effective manipulation of the turbulent boundary layer (flow control) that leads to a reduction in aerofoil noise radiation without a significant comprise in aerodynamic performance.

(2) To envisage new designs of porous wall sections that reduce the scattering of the turbulent vorticity into sound (noise control) at the aerofoil leading and trailing edges.

(3) To investigate how porous wall sections can delay boundary layer separation under high loading conditions, and to quantify the corresponding effect on noise reduction.

(4) To fabricate adaptive porous structures by means of Additive Manufacturing (AM) that allows the aerofoil porosity to be adapted for optimum noise reductions at different operating conditions.

 We seek applications from people with excellent knowledge of electronics and adaptive materials and innovative electronics fabrication methods, and those with an interest in developing 3D printing / additive manufacturing as a method to incorporate multifunctionality into electronics based devices.

This full time post will be offered on a fixed term contract to 31 March 2023. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Chris Tuck, Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information download our Support with Immigration Expenses document.

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