Advanced Aircraft Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

Professor Xin Zhang


We are often looking for new research staff and post-graduate students to work on particular projects in the field of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics.

PhDs and Research Fellowships in Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

PhD studentships and Research Fellowships are now available in the areas of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics at the Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Group at the Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology. The studentships and research fellowships provide unique opportunities to work on fundamental aeroacoustic physics or a relevant engineering problem relating to aircraft and transport systems, and opportunities to engage with major aerospace companies. The studentships will provide a tax-free bursary for the duration of thesis research. The fellowships will provide a competitive salary.

Project descriptions: PhD studentships are available in the areas of

  • Fundamental aeroacoustics research
  • Computational aeroacoustics, including high-order numerical schemes, GPU based codes, etc.
  • Airframe noise, including overall noise prediction tools and flow/noise of major components
  • Engine noise including turbofan and propeller noise prediction, e.g. openrotor
  • Interior noise / sound transmission: modelling, prediction and tests
  • Aerodynamics including novel configurations, and ground effect aerodynamics
  • Flow control including plasmas actuator and control methods
  • Predictive method development including aircraft models and models for other transport systems
  • New noise and wind tunnel facility and measurement methods
  • Whole aircraft noise model and future development

The studentships are provided either by the University or jointly with aerospace industry. Research projects will develop and use high-fidelity computational aeroacoustics algorithms and codes, advanced test and diagnostic facilities, and theoretical analysis. The student will have opportunities to develop a research profile in either one or more fields. The research fellow is expected to have relevant expertise and record in the above research fields and will have opportunities to work with PhDs to develop their academic career.

Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology: Founded in 1991, HKUST is an international research university with strong ties to global thought leaders, whilst having wide-ranging connections with Mainland China. It promotes interdisciplinary studies, dedicated to educating well-rounded students to acquire a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking – the necessary foundation and skills for the changing world. The University is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes driving time from Central Hong Kong.

The Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Group: The Advanced Aircraft Noise Technology Group is based in the School of Engineering, which has a strong international reputation and consistently ranks high among major engineering schools around the world. In the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Engineering and Technology, HKUST was ranked No. 1 in Greater China and 21st globally. AANTC, led by Professor Xin Zhang, brings together academic staff, research fellows and PhD students using state-of-the-art computer simulations and advanced anechoic wind tunnel testing to develop new computational methods, noise prediction methods noise reduction concepts, and provides engineering solution for industry. The centre possesses high-order in-house computational aeroacoustic codes, and various noise and flow facilities.