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PhD in Engineering: Disruptive Space Manufacturing of Novel Multi-Functional Technologies for CubeSat Platforms (Fully Funded)

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    Prof C McInnes
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake a 3.5-year PhD project entitled: Disruptive Space Manufacturing of Novel Multi-Functional Technologies for CubeSat Platforms.

This exciting new project with industrial partner AAC Clyde Space will investigate a range of disruptive technologies to enhance the performance of future CubeSat missions. These will include in-orbit manufacturing of novel structures which are not constrained by existing form factors; for example adaptive manufacturing of large aperture antennae and novel multi-functional structures. The project will require a combination of modelling, simulation and laboratory-scale technology development with a view to future in-orbit demonstration. The successful candidate will work between the University of Glasgow and the industrial partner’s premises located close to the University.

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers working on a range of emerging space technologies, as part of the Space and Exploration Technology Group (SET):

The group’s facilities include the Integrated Space and Exploration Technologies Laboratory (I-SET) which hosts an air bearing and Helmholtz cage, vacuum chamber, clean room area and 3D printing facilities.

Our industrial partner AAC Clyde Space is an international leader in CubeSat platforms, mission services and subsystems with flight heritage including the UKube-1 technology demonstrator, the Kepler communications platform and the SeaHawk ocean colour imaging mission:

Applications for this scholarship should be made by using the online system through the following link:

Please note that this application is to gain admission to our PGR programme, and an offer of admission may be issued before a decision on this Scholarship is made. Candidates applying for this Scholarship will most likely have an interview/discussion with the supervisor before any decision is made.

The main academic supervisor for the project will be Professor Colin McInnes [[Email Address Removed]] who can be contacted for informal enquiries.

Start Date: 1 October 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship is supported by a Regional Engagement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and will cover Home tuition fees and provide a stipend for Home UK and EU applicants at the UKRI rate from 1 October 2020 for 3.5 years (estimated £15,245 for session 2020/2021).

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or 2.1 equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and display imagination and creative thinking to devise, develop and demonstrate exciting new space technologies. Prior experience of space technology while desirable is not essential. Candidates should be self-motivated, driven and be strong team players.

How good is research at University of Glasgow in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 84.00

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