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Quantic is hiring – EngD Studentship in MEMS sensing for CubeSat Attitude Control

Location: Glasgow
Funding amount: £18,000
Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified graduates, for a 4 year fully funded (UK and EU candidates) CENSIS (Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems) EngD studentship within the top-rated School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow and the world-leading micro-satellite supplier Clyde Space Ltd (www.clyde-space.com).

This EngD project is in partnership with Clyde Space Ltd, the award winning supplier of small and micro spacecraft systems, with excellent expertise in high performance subsystems, DC-DC converters, lithium polymer batteries and high efficiency solar panel for small satellite missions.

The EngD Project

The aim of this research project is to work on the development of novel remote sensors for attitude control of spacecraft for the CubeSat systems developed by Clyde Space and using the facilities of precision sensing/fabrication at the University of Glasgow (Institute for Gravitational Research/James Watt Nanofabrication Centre).

The work will include:
1: Analysis of MEMS based systems in a low-g free-fall environment.
2: Design of a MEMS gradiometer with Finite Element Method modeling.
3: Micro and nano-fabrication and testing of the developed structures.
4: Characterisation of the device in 1 g environment and in launch conditions.
5: Integration of electrostatic feedback electrodes for closed loop operation, shock stops to limit the movement of the mass of more than 10 um and passive during launch.
6: Development and integration of low power electronics with the MEMS device, accordingly to CubeSat power unit specifications.

This is an opportunity to create a transformative new space-based technology with unrivalled sensitivity.

Qualification

The student must have at least the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree in physics, materials engineering, mechanical engineering or electronic engineering. The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, possess excellent presentation and communication skills. This is an experimental research project and the student must be good at laboratory work. You will be expected to spend time part of your time at the Clyde Space Ltd in line with the EngD arrangement.

Funding

The CENSIS EngD studentship will cover full university tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at EPSRC rate of £18k per annum for the 4 year duration of the project.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Antonio Samarelli (antonio.samarelli@glasgow.ac.uk) or Dr. Giles Hammond (giles.hammond@glasgow.ac.uk)

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed with the Clyde Space board and will be to do short presentation on their career aspiration, previous studies and final project.

Applications, with a detailed CV and a cover letter, together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent directly to Dr. Antonio Samarelli (antonio.samarelli@glasgow.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 23 October