PhD – MHD Enhanced radio-blackout mitigation system for space transportation

Aeronautics & Aerospace Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium
Deadline: open until filled
Posted: December 16, 2020
This position is ONLY open to citizens of member countries of EU or NATO.

We are seeking a full-time doctoral student to join the von Karman Institute in the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department in the frame of the European project Magnetohydrodynamic Enhanced Entry System for Space Transportation (MEESST), starting from October 2020. The doctoral thesis will be co-supervised by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in the Signal Theory and Communications department.

As part of an international team investigating advanced technologies for future space exploration missions, you will mainly support the experimental research group of our plasma laboratory. You will be responsible for the design, execution and management of specific experimental campaigns investigating the interaction of radio-frequency signals, and the ionized plasma layer created by the facility.

Absolutely needed:
• Holder of a degree in Physics, Telecommunications or related engineering field, preferably on a subject related to experimental testing of magnetohydrodynamics, plasma flows or radio-frequency related devices.
• Experience in experimental telecommunication projects. A proven background in the following subjects is demanded: radio-signal transmission and propagation, experimental data analysis and processing. Applicants with a record of accomplishmentsin telecommunications and with demonstrated lab experience will be given preference.
• Fluent knowledge of English (oral and written).

Good to have:
• Knowledge of data-processing programming languages (such as Python or Matlab),
• Capability to read and generate complex technical drawings and diagrams,
• LabVIEW expertise.

• Knowledge and/or experience in fluid mechanics, plasma flows and CFD software.

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