This project, funded by European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), concerns the design of dynamically reconfigurable millimeter wave devices and antennas, which is becoming a prime need in space-related applications. The different technologies that can be used to implement a given electromagnetic reconfiguration concept (e.g. semiconductors, RF-MEMS, liquid crystals, etc) come with different advantages and disadvantages, but always present significant –and often prohibitive–loss and complexity due the implementation of reconfiguration capabilities in the device, which will constitute a major limitation to the future deployment of reconfigurable systems in space. In this context, we propose to conduct a PhD thesis related to the analysis, design, and implementation of mechanically-reconfigurable millimeter wave devices using microfabricated actuators. This PhD thesis work will comprise both theoretical microwave/antennas and more practical issues related to the implementation and measurement of the designed devices.
The position is open to outstanding candidates with a background in antennas and/or microwave (knowledge in microfabrication is also welcomed but secondary). European citizenship (not necessarily from an ESA member state) or from an ESA associated country (e.g. Canada) is required by the funding program. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent infrastructure and a dynamic working environment.
Application Deadline is September 15 2011
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