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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 operation and performance of high-temperature superconductor units in an orbital environment. This can be used for several purposes including, for example, in combination with an electric propulsion system for small satellites. The work will involve both simulation and experimental measurements. The ideal student will have a background in applied physics, electromagnetic theory, or space engineering. The candidate will need to use or develop skills in signal processing, and embedded programming to address this research goal. 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

Any candidates will be assessed for suitability for funding in conjunction with the Robinson Research Institute, Wellington, New Zealand.

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

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