PhD Studentships - Spacecraft Structures & Mechanisms

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Location: Guildford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 24 Mar 2017

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Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Location:  Guildford
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 14 March 2017
Closing Date:  Friday 24 March 2017
Reference:  021617

The Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering, with a multidisciplinary competence that gives us a full end-to-end capability, unique in UK academia, to develop and execute space missions, from concept study to spacecraft design and Manufacturing Assembly Integration & Testing, to mission operations, which we run from our own ground station, and exploitation of space data. Together with an established industrial partner are looking for graduates in Engineering to undertake applied research leading to a PhD.

Various projects are currently available, aiming to make a contribution to the state-of-the-art which is academically relevant, and at the same time meets specific industrial needs in the space sector.

The current opportunities are in the technical domains of Spacecraft Structures & Mechanisms, in the area of structural dynamics, vibration testing and virtual testing, microvibration characterization, and high stability deployable structures.

The details can be discussed with the potential candidates and the projects will be allocated depending on the background/expertise and interests of the candidates.

Candidates’ profile

We are seeking researchers to work on these projects in collaboration with our Industrial partners, and in order to maintain the academic work aligned with the sponsor’s needs there is an expectation for the researcher to spend some periods at our industrial partners’ premises. The ideal candidate will have a degree (MEng level, with 2.1 degree classification or above, or equivalent national qualification - candidates holding a BEng degree could be acceptable depending on their profile) in Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautical, or Mechanical or other relevant discipline/background, a keen interest in space structures, some experience in finite element analysis, a good understanding of structural dynamics (vibrations). It is expected that the student will contribute actively to academic life at the University of Surrey, and present the results of his/her research at relevant international conferences and in appropriate academic journals.

The researcher will be enrolled as a PhD student and we are offering tuition fees plus a bursary fully funded (standard rate £14,726 per annum) for 3.5 years.

Only UK or EU students are eligible for this post.

How to apply

Apply using the on-line PhD application form available at

 http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/electronic-engineering-phd

In the field labelled “Intended Research Area” enter “Spacecraft structures”.

Please also send a copy of your CV, a cover letter (possibly including a brief description of your research interests), and copies of any academic transcripts to Mrs Louise Quigley, PGR Administrator, Surrey Space Centre, BA Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, or by email to L.Quigley@surrey.ac.uk

For informal inquiries contact: Professor G. Aglietti (G.Aglietti@surrey.ac.uk )


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