description and objectives :
Electrodeless plasma thrusters (EPTs), such as the Helicon thruster and the ECR thruster, promise many advantages over traditional electric space propulsion systems currently in the market.
However, the complex physical processes involved in their operation are still not well understood. In particular, a robust theory of the electromagnetic heating of the electrons in the magnetized plasma and their anomalous transport perpendicular to the magnetic lines is still missing.
Many aspects of the plasma acceleration in the external magnetic nozzle region require careful scrutiny as well.
The selected candidate will develop a three-dimensional, multi-fluid simulation code coupled with an electromagnetic solver to model and study the plasma dynamics and the EM fields in cylindrical EPTs and in the new fully-3D Magnetic Arch Thruster concept being developed at UC3M.
The contract will be funded by the recently awarded ERC Starting Grant project ZARATHUSTRA (Revolutionizing advanced electrodeless plasma thrusters for space transportation).
The candidate will join the Space Propulsion and Plasmas Team (EP2,
Requirements and desirable profile :
Young MSc holder (or MSc student with 60 ECTS passed at contract’s signature)
Background in the following disciplines : Aerospace Engineering, Plasma Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Mathematics, and / or Scientific computing.
Excellent candidates from other disciplines are also invited to apply.
Outstanding academic record; critical & creative thinking.
International experience; team-working and communications skills.
Good proficiency in English (oral & written).
Ability to deal independently and proactively with scientific and engineering challenges.
What we offer :
3-year contract (with optional 1-year extension); annual gross salary in the 20k 22k € range.
Become part of a young, dynamic, highly qualified, collaborative team.
Flexible working environment and schedule.
Opportunity to travel to international conferences to present research activities.
Opportunity to carry out research internships abroad.
Health coverage under the National Health System.