Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position at the University of Southampton. Joining our Horizon2020-funded project on magnetohydrodynamics and hypersonic flows you will contribute to computational research on a novel MHD system concept for mitigating heat flux and communication blackout during re-entry flights. This is a full-time fixed term contract for three years tenable from 01/10/2020.
You will work closely with the consortium of MEESST (MHD Enhanced Entry System for Space Transportation) project including KU Leuven, Absolut System SAS, University of Stuttgart, THEVA, AEDS SARL, VKI, PI Integral Solutions, KIT and University of Luxembourg. The fellow will be responsible for developing, consolidating, verifying existing modelling tools for simulating re-entry plasma flows in the presence of electromagnetic fields, particularly for computing heat fluxes and radio-blackout conditions. You will also need to validate the developed physical and computational models against the experimental data in particular in terms of surface heat fluxes and electron density distribution (relevant for determining radio blackout conditions).
The project provides an opportunity to work on advanced MHD technologies which can introduce a paradigm shift in aerospace science and technology by turning active magnetic shielding (i.e. a futuristic concept traditionally associated with science fiction) into reality and, potentially, into the spotlight not just for space travel but also for future hypersonic transportation systems. As well as carrying out research to the highest standards, the successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a team and to prepare reports and presentations for project meetings and publications for international journals. The successful applicant must have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Aerospace Engineering or related field.