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Internal Research Fellow (Post Doc) in Innovative Multibeam Active Antennas and Beamforming Networks

European Space Agency


Posted 3 weeks ago

Join ESA's Innovative Space Research Team and Shape the Future of Telecommunications Missions


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ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

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Join the European Space Agency (ESA) and be a part of the Radio Frequency Payloads and Technology Division (TEC-EF), a leading team dedicated to the advancement of RF payloads, instruments, and technologies for space and ground applications. ESA is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for the final frontier, making it an incredibly exciting time to contribute to groundbreaking projects that will define the future of space exploration and telecommunications.

  • Investigate cutting-edge multibeam active antennas and beamforming networks.
  • Work within the Antenna and (Sub)-Millimeter Wave Section (TEC-EFA) on projects ranging from 400 MHz to 5 THz.
  • Design and develop antenna systems for next-generation telecom missions, including 5G and 6G technologies.
  • PhD in antennas, electromagnetics, or a closely related technical or scientific discipline.
  • Strong background in electromagnetic wave theory.
  • Interest in space research and proficiency in English or French, with additional ESA member state languages beneficial.

The Radio Frequency Payloads and Technology Division (TEC-EF) is responsible for RF payloads, instruments and technologies for space and ground applications, including all equipment with a radio frequency space/ground interface and the associated laboratories. The Division supports the definition, specification and development/procurement of laboratories, either for ESA projects and technology programmes or external customers.

Within the TEC-EF Division, the domains covered by the Antenna and (Sub)-Millimeter Wave Section (TEC-EFA) include standalone radiators, reflector antennas and array (active or passive) antennas. The Section addresses system aspects as well as interference effects between antennas and the spacecraft structure, covering the 400 MHz to 5 THz range of the frequency spectrum.

The main objective of this Research Fellowship consists in investigating innovative multibeam active antennas and beamforming networks for emerging telecommunications missions, covering some of the following topics in particular: array antennas exploiting different types of array layouts (Cartesian, triangular, irregular, etc.); architectures compatible with hybrid analogue/digital beamforming; architectures based on overlapped or interleaved subarrays; architectures compatible with distributed apertures and satellite swarms; architectures suitable for implementing pragmatic MIMO solutions for 5G, 6G etc.

You should have recently completed, or be close to completion of a PhD in a related technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. In particular for this position, the following is required: PhD in the antennas or electromagnetic domain.

You should also have: comprehensive background in electromagnetic wave theory is required for this post. general interest in space and space research. general interest in space and space research

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).


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