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PhD Studentships in Aeroacoustics and Flow/Noise Control
Southern University of Science and Technology

Date Posted Dec. 16, 2022
Title PhD Studentships in Aeroacoustics and Flow/Noise Control
University Southern University of Science and Technology
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Department Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 20, 2023
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2023
  • Graduate Student
  • Mechanical Engineering

Applications are invited for a couple of PhD studentships at the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. The successful candidates will join the Advanced Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory (A3 Lab), and will be working mainly with Dr Yu Liu (Associate Professor).

Project Descriptions

PhD research projects are available in the areas of (but not limited to):

  1. Flow and noise control of bluff bodies (e.g. polygonal cylinders)
  2. Passive/active noise control of airfoils and wind turbines
  3. Low-noise design for PC cooling fans
  4. Aerodynamic and acoustic testing techniques, e.g. phased microphone array, flexible pressure sensors

About SUSTech

SUSTech is a young public university founded by the Shenzhen Municipal Government in December2010. SUSTech aspires to be a globally-renowned university that contributes to the advancement of science and technology by excelling in interdisciplinary research, nurturing creative future leaders and creating knowledge for China and the world. Built around the three pillars of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and propelled by its global collaboration strategies, SUSTech has rapidly grown into a prominent higher learning institution active at the scientific frontiers. It addresses the priorities of regional and national development strategies while blazing the trail for China’s higher education reform and innovation.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SUSTech has been ranked among top ten universities in mainland China since 2018. The 2023 QS World University Rankings placed SUSTech 11th in mainland China. In the latest Nature Index (from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022), SUSTech ranks 30 in the world and 13 in China.

More information about SUSTech, the MAE Department, and Dr Yu Liu can be found at:

About the Programs

  1. SUSTech offers Doctoral Programs in English for international students.
  2. The Doctoral Programs are generally required to be completed in three to four years.
  3. Please visit the webpage for information about SUSTech supervisors and research areas.


All international students admitted by Doctoral Programs will be awarded one of the two types of the scholarships. The university will make a comprehensive assessment of the applicant and decide on the level of scholarship.

  1. Stipend and tuition waiver

- A stipend of RMB 100,000 per year for up to four years
- Waiver of RMB 40,000 per year tuition fee

  1. Stipend only

- A stipend of RMB 100,000 per year for up to four years
- Student pays the tuition fee of RMB 40,000 per year

Please note that the maximum period that a graduate student is eligible for the stipends shall be the normative duration of the program in which the student is enrolled. Students completing their graduate studies within the normative program length are eligible for the stipends until the month of graduation.


Accommodation fee: RMB 1500/month for a single room or RMB 800/month/person for a double room in the graduate student dormitories on campus, plus water and electricity bills.

How to apply

  1. Eligibility of applicants
  • Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport.
  • Applicants for Doctoral Programs must have attained the Master’s degree. Applicants who have not graduated can provide expected graduation certificate while the official diploma must be provided before enrollment.
  • Language competence: TOEFL 90 or above; or IELTS 6.5 overall or above, with no sub-scores lower than 6. Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if their first language is English, or their previous degree was awarded by an institution where the language of instruction was English. Please note that SUSTech academic departments may have higher English language requirements.
  1. Application Procedures

Please login to the online application system ( during the application period, select “Doctoral Degree Programs”, complete the application correctly and completely, and upload the application documents listed below.

  1. Application Period

Application period: December 20, 2022 to February 20, 2023

  1. Required Documents

(1) Degree certificates. Doctoral Program applicants should submit both Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide an official pre-graduation certificate/letter showing their student status and the expected graduation date.

(2) Academic Transcripts. Doctoral Program applicants should submit both Master’s and Bachelor’s degree transcripts. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the most current academic transcript.

(3) Score report of English language test (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS/others). Applicants whose previous degree was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, please provide the official certificate/letter showing the medium of instruction and the English proficiency.

(4) Passport information page.

(5) Passport size photo.

(6) CV or Resume.

(7) Personal statement.

(8) Research proposal, which should include an introduction of their research experience and research plan.

(9) Two academic recommendation letters from scholars who hold the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by referees.

(10) Other documents that prove academic abilities.

For all documents in languages other than Chinese or English, notarized copies of translations in Chinese or English need to be provided. Please scan the original or notarized application documents in color using a scanner. Images captured by mobile phone or camera are not acceptable. Scans of copies are also not acceptable.

Evaluation and Admission

  • Applications will be pre-screened based on the documents provided by the applicants. Selected applicants may be invited to an interview. The time and other details of the interview will be announced in advance by SUSTech academic departments.
  • The University Admissions Committee will make the final decision on admissions and types of scholarship.
  • Due to the impact of COVID-19 virus, if students are unable to arrive at the university and register on time, no online registration or courses is available, and students must defer their enrollment. Please give full consideration before applying.


The registration period for admitted Doctoral Students is in late August. Students must enter China with a valid passport and an X1 visa, and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days of arrival in China. Students who hold other types of visas cannot be registered at SUSTech. All students should present the offer letter, the passport and other necessary original or notarized degree certificates upon registration at SUSTech for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment.


Please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the PhD program, a CV with a list of publications, and the contact details of two referees via email.

Contact: Dr Yu Liu           Email:

General enquiries:

SUSTech Graduate School Admissions and International Office
SUSTech official website:

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr Yu Liu
    Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering
    Southern University of Science and Technology
    1088 Xueyuan Avenue
    Shenzhen, Guangdong


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