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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:44:00 +0100
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0100
The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station. Georges Lemaître is the fifth ATV built and launched by ESA as part of Europe’s contribution to cover the operational costs for using the Space Station. “The ATV programme is one of the most remarkable space and industrial projects ever made in Europe...
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0100
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    Job Description
    TitleResearch Fellow
    Job posted on30/01/2009
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Contract typeTemp/contract
    Start dateimmediately
    SalaryBetween £28839 and £35469 per year
    Job Description

    University of Surrey



    Surrey Space Centre

    Research Fellow
    (Ref:  6917)

    Salary - £28,839-£35,469 per annum
    (subject to experience and qualifications)



    The Surrey Space Centre is currently working on systems design and simulation of micro electric thrusters as part of its research effort in space vehicle control and space propulsion. The 24 month project, entails the design, simulation and experimental testing of a new micro electric thruster (ion engine). Although the work will be focused on the above areas the RA is expected to work on related projects on space vehicle control and space propulsion for other ESA and EPSRC funded projects. Knowledge of plasma physics, electric propulsion systems, experimental testing, mathematical modelling and programming (MATLAB and C++) with some experience is required.


    You will have a PhD or similar background in spacecraft electric propulsion, plasma physics with an emphasis on experimental work. 


    For further information please contact: Dr. Vaios Lappas, Senior Lecturer, Space Vehicle Control Group, Surrey Space Centre, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Surrey, email:


    Further information on the Surrey Space Centre can be obtained from the SSC website

    Apply online or download application documents and further information at If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Mrs Maria Drew on or +44 (0)1483 689135. Please quote Post ref 6917.

    Closing date for applications is Thursday 19 February 2009

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    CompanySurrey Space Centre
    Contact nameMaria Drew
    AddressFaculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
    University of Surrey
    United Kingdom
    GU2 7XH
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