Research Fellow: acoustic comfort of railway vehicles (ISVR)

Closing Date
15 March 2021

You will be working on the EU/Shift2Rail-funded project ‘TRANSIT’. This collaborative project involves 8 European university and industry partners and aims to provide the railway community with a proven set of innovative tools and methodologies to reduce the environmental impact and improve interior acoustic comfort of railway vehicles. You will work mainly in the work packages on Exterior noise simulation tools and Separation of track noise and vehicle noise. Along with developing prediction methods and experimental methods for separating wheel and track noise sources and methods for modelling the noise of a passing train from its individual sources.

The post is based in the Dynamics Research Group (DG) within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. ISVR is a leading international centre for research in acoustics and vibration and has a reputation as a leader in noise and vibration research for railways in particular.

You will be required to collaborate with the team at the university and with researchers in partner organisations and attend regular project meetings which may involve overseas travel. You will also be required to report the findings of your work in leading scientific journals and conferences.

You will have a PhD** or equivalent/equivalent professional qualifications and experience in vibration, acoustics or a related discipline. A detailed understanding and knowledge of a relevant area of noise and vibration and experience of modelling and use of Matlab or equivalent is also required. Specific understanding and knowledge of railway rolling noise and vibration and relevant experience in acoustic modelling using finite element and/or boundary element analysis are desirable.

**Applications 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 completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis until 30/11/2022.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor David Thompson:

You will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education rated number one for research power in REF2014.  We have an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Dan Ward (HR Recruitment Team) on 02380 592750 or email

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Posted on 28th February 2021 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics