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Doctor or Engineering (EngD): Electro-optic devices for extreme LIDAR in highly dynamic environments

  • Full or part time
    Prof D Reid
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Project Description:
LIDAR / LADAR has become widespread in recent years, and uses pulse lasers to make time of flight measurements in order to build up a digital model of a scene. MBDA is undertaking investigations into the use of extreme LIDAR as a missile seeker technology.

This project centres on the emerging need for optical devices engineered to allow high-speed LIDAR measurement in environments with high levels of vibration, temperature fluctuations and limited SWaP (size, weight and power) whilst maintaining long range and high-resolution capabilities.

As a research engineer you will undertake work looking into novel (solid state) beam steering techniques, high power pulse lasers, acousto-optics, fast detection, data processing and 3D scene reconstruction models. The work will provide a balance between experimental laboratory work, programming, and theoretical analysis. You will work looking into materials testing and how we can push the state of the art of optical technology in the relevant areas, as well as creating new methodologies for ensuring best use of the data provided by LIDAR systems.

Candidate Information:
Essential Criteria
Candidates should have a strong degree in Physics or a closely related field. Candidates will have an aptitude and interest for photonic technologies, with at least some experience in an optics lab or similar. The candidate will need to be comfortable in a self-led research project, but able to collaborate with a team of scientists and engineers when required.

Desirable Criteria
Ideally, the candidate will have worked in an optics lab as part of a previous research project or internship etc. and has a strong knowledge of basic optical techniques and devices such as lasers, detectors, fibre optics etc.
Experience with MATLAB, Python or other scientific programming language would be highly beneficial.

Flexible Working
MBDA is committed to making work a dynamic and enjoyable experience. We are constantly improving our sites and facilities, creating a lively and open working environment that has earned us 11th place in the Sunday Times “Best Big Companies to Work For” ranking.

MBDA operate a flexi-time scheme, where employees can vary their start and end of work times around a set of core hours, in order to let you fit your work around your home life schedule. Further details are available on request.

Funding Notes

EngD project is available to UK applicants.

EngD Stipend of approximately £20,000 plus fees paid.

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