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 :
Laboratory experience is appreciated. Excellent candidates from other disciplines are also invited to apply.
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