Research Associate in Spacecraft Orbit Dynamics

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering is offering a 3 year post-doctoral position to work within the department’s Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory on Low Earth Orbiter (LEO) force modelling and orbit determination. The post will involve two principal roles: modelling of solar radiation pressure and thermal effects on a number of missions (including Cryosat and Jason-2 and research into magnetic field and surface charging effects on satellite trajectories as well as the development of algorithms to model those effects. The project will involve collaboration with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. 

100% of the applicant’s time will be spent on project related duties. This post is the second of two PDRA positions working on the grant. Contact will be made on a weekly basis as a minimum with Professor Ziebart, and on a day-to-day basis there will be contact with PhD students and other post-doctoral researchers in the group.

The applicant will either have a PhD, or will be about to submit, in space geodesy or astrodynamics studies, or some related physical or mathematical branch of science or engineering. The applicant must have experience of numerical computing and mathematical modelling, as well as first rate computer programming skills in C++.
Please use the following link for additional details and how to apply:

Marek Ziebart
Professor of Space Geodesy
Director, Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory 
Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

University College London,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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