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Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Components aiming for an Easy Fabrication (PhD offer in H2020-MSCA-Innovative Training Network - TESLA)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Space is key asset for Europe. Europe’s citizens enjoy the benefits, from jobs and economic growth, to public services, efficient communications and security. To respond to global challenges, Europe must continue to have a prominent role in space at a time when other world powers are rapidly developing their space capabilities. Since satellite payload RF components and systems are essential for delivering mission objectives and supporting ground equipment and telecommunication systems, new technologies and techniques are required to respond to emerging satellite applications and technology challenges.

This position is part of a large Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network - TESLA ( consisting of 8 academic and 11 industrial nodes in 8 European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Sweden & Finland). It will create a vibrant, multidisciplinary training-through-research environment uniquely equipped to develop the Advanced Technologies for future European Satellite Applications. The TESLA ITN will hire 15 Early Stage Researchers, who will pursue PhD in collaborating with senior staff in academic and industrial sectors to conduct top-notch research into new and enabling technologies for satellite flexible payloads, big constellation systems and Internet of Space, satellite high-speed communications and remote sensing, as well as large satellite platforms.

The main objective of this Ph. D. Thesis is to develop new design techniques for microwave and millimeter-wave passive components for satellite applications. The new design techniques will produce prototypes robust against fabrication tolerances and consequently with high fabrication yield. Several key points of the passive component design will be studied in depth like the approximation functions employed and the elements used to implement the required impedance steps (local reflection coefficients). The introduction of transmission zeros will be also considered. Together with the rectangular waveguide, technologies like Groove Gap Waveguide or other alternative implementations will be used for the millimeter-wave designs.

Expected results of this PhD are several prototypes of passive components for satellite applications that will be manufactured using milling and additive manufacturing techniques. The prototypes will fulfil advanced electrical specifications for satellite communications.

The role is based at UPNA with secondments to other project partners in the EU. During the course of the PhD, the following short stays abroad are tentatively planned: University of Perugia, Italy (around 4 months) and Airbus, UK (around 2 months). The student will also attend workshops and summer schools organized by other partners.

The appointment is full time (100% FTE) for 36 months with an expected start day of 1st July, 2019 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Essential Criteria:
• Selections among the applicants will be performed based on their qualifications, and prior proven research and innovation experience in scientific and technical fields relevant to the topic of this PhD. In particular, applicants should have a good postgraduate Master’s degree on a telecommunications-related subject. Previous proven experience with RF/microwave engineering and, in particular, microwave filters, will be an important asset for this position. The applicant should have highly proficient English language skills. A basic command of Spanish will be also valuable to join MCG-UPNA (applications from Latin America, US, and other Spanish-speaking regions are encouraged!) The ability to thing logically, create solutions and make informed decisions is essential as are excellent organizational skills and the ability to travel and work across Europe.

• There are no restrictions on the nationality, but researchers must be early-stage researchers (ESR), i.e. at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

• Researchers must comply with the mobility rule - Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date: the recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Desirable criteria (contact the supervisor for details)
• Flexible approach to work and responsibilities
• Energy and enthusiasm for the project
• Experience in RF/microwave engineering

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Funding Notes

Salary: The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers View Website. The PhD funding is for 36 months.


F. Teberio, P. Soto, I. Arregui, T. Lopetegi, S. Cogollos, I. Arnedo1, P. Martin-Iglesias, V. Boria, and M. A. G. Laso, “Waveguide Band-Pass Filter with Reduced Sensitivity to Fabrication Tolerances for Q-Band Payloads”, 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Hawaii, HL, 2017, pp. 1464-1467.

F. Teberio, J. M. Percaz , I. Arregui, P. Martin-Iglesias, T. Lopetegi, M. A. G. Laso, and I. Arnedo, “Rectangular Waveguide Filters With Meandered Topology”, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 66, no. 8, pp. 3632-3643, August 2018.

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