Research Fellow in Active Control – University of Southampton

University of Southampton, UK

Closing Date
29 April 2022

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You will  join our Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Research Group of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. You will work as a part of a team on the development of intelligent systems for low noise environments, being supported by the multi-million pound EPSRC Prosperity Partnership – Intelligent Structures for Low Noise Environments – with BAE Systems, Lloyds Register and the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

The particular application focus for this position is in maritime systems, where main and auxiliary machinery can cause problems associated with crew and passenger comfort, structural integrity and where increasingly radiated noise is seen as a hazard for marine life. Although a range of passive vibration and noise control measures are used in practice, they do not provide effective control at low frequencies. This programme will, therefore, focus on the development of innovative and effective solutions for a range of noise and vibration control problems. This includes active noise and vibration control solutions, advanced passive noise control technologies, such as Metamaterials and Acoustic Black Holes, and the use of design and topology optimisation methods for the design of low noise structures. The programme will investigate how noise and vibration control systems can be optimised for subjective performance and consider how control and harvesting of vibration can be integrated into a unified design approach.

Although the overall research programme is broad; you will contribute to the programme’s objective of developing novel and intelligent structures for low noise environments. It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience* in acoustical engineering and/or signal processing and/or control or a related area and demonstrate a detailed understanding and knowledge of noise and vibration control system design. Ideally you will have experience in the design and implementation of practical passive and/or active control systems, as well as an ability to undertake analytical and numerical analysis, including the use of numerical modelling packages such as Comsol and ANSYS.

Due to the collaborative nature of this programme, you will benefit from working closely with our industrial sponsors and be responsible for developing systems from fundamental concepts through to full-scale industrial application. This will provide the opportunity for career development within an industrially focussed research environment with the high potential for employment in either the academic or industrial sectors.

Although the position is initially for a fixed term of 12 months, there is a high probability of extension – dependent upon funding, as the Intelligent Structures for Low Noise Environments research programme runs for a further 4 years.


**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 Samantha Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

Posted on 8th April 2022 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics