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High-Tc Superconductor Research for Space Satellites

Project Description

The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.

This project will investigate the magnetic vectoring of propulsion plumes using high-temperature superconductor units in an orbital environment. The work will involve both simulation and experimental measurements. The ideal student will have a background in applied physics, electromagnetic theory, or space engineering. Previous experience in developing space hardware is not required but it is preferred.

The PhD candidate may be enrolled under the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering, as appropriate to the candidate’s interests and background.

For further information, contact:

Dr Nicholas Rattenbury (Physics) (
Dr John Cater (Engineering) (

Funding Notes

Excellent applicants for a PhD should consider applying for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship:

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