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Millimetre wave hardware for the next generation W band satellite communication systems (PhD offer in H2020-MSCA-Innovative Training Network - TESLA)


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 (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/217924_en.html) 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.

This PhD fellowship is provided by the Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) Kiel. It is the northern-most full University of Germany located at the Baltic Sea with 8 facilities and 25000 students. CAU has a leading influence in many subject areas, e.g. Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Economics, Business, Medicine, law and Arts. During its activity, CAU has given impetus and set new standards in many fields. Six Nobel Prize winners have taught in CAU including Max Planck. Heinrich Rudolf Hertz with a great impact on the field of Engineering Electromagnetics was also a researcher in CAU.

This PhD project is supervised at the University of Kiel (Prof. Michael Höft, Chair of Microwave Engineering, Faculty of Engineering). In this project, design and synthesis of mm-wave cavity based filter for the next generation of satellite systems working at W band will be examined. Various fabrication techniques, including additive manufacturing, and micromachined techniques for the realization of these filters will be considered. In future, W-band satellite communication systems will be employed to provide the ever increasing demand for higher bandwidth and higher data rate. This project will examine filters, which are indispensable components of satellite payloads, at these frequencies.

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:
• Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree or a postgraduate Master’s degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering or a physical sciences subject as well as highly proficient English language skills. 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.

Specific requirements for the position
• A completed MSc degree in the field electrical engineering or other related fields
• Strong skills in microwave engineering
• Willing to learn a variety of complementary techniques ranging mechanical design and manufacturing, additive manufacturing to micro system technology (related previous knowledge is preferable)
• Good command of the English language and good English writing skills
• Good communication skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international team

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.

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