PhD in Aerospace Engineering (plasma propulsion)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Leganes, Spain
hace 3 días
source : Euraxess

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M, ) invites applications to fill PhD position ZARATHUSTRA-D2 : Design and characterization of a Magnetic Arch EPT

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, current thruster geometries have inherent limitations that impair performance. Seeking new thruster designs, magnetic topologies, and operating principles is essential to unblock EPT development and pave the way toward a new generation of efficient and versatile space plasma thrusters.

The selected candidate will design, build and test a thruster prototype based on the Magnetic Arch Thruster concept (see patent ES2733773), to assess its potential advantages with respect to existing cylindrical EPT geometries using state-of-the-art lab equipment and diagnostic systems.

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, Plasma Diagnostics, Vacuum Technology, Microwaves & RF, and / or Electronics.
  • Laboratory experience is appreciated. 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.
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