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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Spacecraft Structural Dynamics and Testing

Project Description

The Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering, with a multidisciplinary competence that gives us a full end-to-end capability, unique in UK academia, to develop and execute space missions, from concept study to spacecraft design and Manufacturing Assembly Integration & Testing, to mission operations, which we run from our own ground station, and exploitation of space data. Together with an established industrial partner we are looking for a graduate in Engineering to undertake applied research leading to a PhD.

The current opportunity is in the technical domains of Spacecraft Structures & Mechanisms, in the areas of structural dynamics, vibration testing/virtual testing. The details can be discussed with the potential candidates and the project will be allocated depending on the background/expertise and interests of the candidates.

This project will commence on the 1st July 2019 and will finish on the 31st December 2022.

Entry requirements:
Applicants are required to have a minimum bachelors degree, but a masters degree would be preferable. All grades welcomed.
Applicants will need 6.5 or above with 6.0 in each individual category in the IELTS.

How to apply:
Applications can be made through the Space Engineering course page:

In the field labelled “Intended Research Area” enter “Spacecraft structures”. Please also send a copy of your CV, a cover letter (possibly including a brief description of your research interests), and copies of any academic transcripts to Mrs Louise Quigley, PGR Administrator, Surrey Space Centre, BA Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, or by email to
For informal inquiries contact: Professor G. Aglietti ()

Funding Notes

The researcher will be enrolled as a PhD student and we are offering tuition fees plus a bursary fully funded (standard rate £14,726 per annum - exempt of income tax- but higher rates are possible, depending on the candidate qualifications and experience) for 3.5 years.

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