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Postgraduate research project

Advanced sensors for planetary missions & astrophysics

Funding
Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

PhD Opportunity: Advanced sensors for planetary missions & astrophysics
Are you ready to embark on a journey of otherworldly research? Do you want to be part of the space revolution that is pushing the frontiers of humankind and helping us understand our world and our climate? If so, then join the world-leading Hollow Core Fibre group at the University of Southampton and develop advanced sensors that are enabling the next generation of space missions.


This research project aims to develop the next generation of space flight instruments and control systems using hollow core optical fibres (HCF). In this project, you will develop advanced HCFs for space deployment and discover new realms for the application of optical physics. You will work closely with space agencies and industrial partners at the forefront of spaceflight technologies to develop new inertial sensors for space navigation and new gas sensors for space-based atmospheric monitoring.

Roles and Responsibilities 
As a PhD candidate, you will:

  • develop custom HCFs for use in gyroscopes, gas sensors, and other space systems.
  • collaborate with NASA, ESA, or UKSA and industrial partners at the forefront of space systems in the UK and USA.
  • create new technologies and develop systems that will one day orbit the earth, or reach other planets

We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in optics and a desire to contribute to future space systems. Candidates must have a background in physics, engineering, or material science. This project will explore many facets of optical fibre sensing, gas sensing, and space environment effects (ionizing radiation, cosmic rays).

Join Us
This is a unique opportunity to work with a world leader in HCF technology. The project is based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow.The ORC is a world-leading photonics research organization. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and a diverse community of around 200 researchers working in all areas of optics and photonics, it provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. 

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