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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Hypersonics


Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

Closing date

Jan 15, 2021 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Hypersonic research group at the Department of Engineering Science (Oxford Thermofluids Laboratory, Osney Mead). The post is funded by UKRI and is fixed-term for two years with the possibility to extend for a further two years.

The project will include the design and commissioning of a new plasma heating system to be installed in the Oxford T6 high-speed wind tunnel. The heating system will be used to elevate the temperature of wind-tunnel models before they are exposed to a hypersonic flow. The experiments will aim at investigating high temperature thermochemistry, non-equilibrium and ablation-flowfield coupling. You will be responsible for the mechanical and thermal design of the new components which will be installed in the T6 test section. You will additionally contribute to developing advanced optical diagnostics which will be used to probe the flowfield. Your role will also consist of analysing the gathered data to improve our understanding of high enthalpy non-equilibrium flows relevant to spacecraft re-entry.

You should possess a doctorate in a relevant field or be near completion with experience in experiments relating to high speed and high temperature flows. You should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a collaborative project. Good organizational skills and the ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert audience are also required.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr.-Ing. Tobias Hermann (email:

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Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 15th January 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Tobias Hermann

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