PhD Studentship in Enhanced Studentship in High-Speed Aerodynamics
University of Southampton School of Engineering
United Kingdom

PhD Studentship - Enhanced studentship in high speed aerodynamics

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 15 May 2022
Reference:  1779722DA

Supervisory Team:    Neil Sandham, Minkwan Kim

Project description

A 3.5 year PhD studentship (covering fees and an enhanced stipend, 20% above the usual level) is available for a UK student to work in high speed external aerodynamics. The research will use an existing CFD code (written in Python and C++) that will be extended during the research. Navier-Stokes simulations will be conducted to investigate three-dimensional effects of turbulent and transitional flow over curved surfaces and flow control, for example via vortex generators. The project will also involve an evaluation of the effects of thermo-chemical non-equilibrium. High speed flows of this type, potentially with shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions are at the cutting edge of modern simulation technology. The project represents an exciting opportunity to work with next-generation computational flow solvers using the full capability of high-performance computers and addressing large-scale three-dimensional time-dependent problems in aerodynamics. The successful candidate, who must be a UK national, will have a strong background in compressible flow and computational modelling. The project is financially supported via Dstl and there is also an (optional) opportunity to spend up to 12 weeks in industry as part of the work.  

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Neil Sandham, Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research Group, Email: n.sandham@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 594872.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 15 May 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £16,062 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Neil Sandham 

Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.


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