PhD Studentship, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Guildford, United Kingdom
04 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Surrey Space Centre, part of the Department of Electronic Engineering, is a world-class institution for space engineering research with a growing interest in Electric Propulsion for the small satellite industry. The downscaling of electric thrusters to lower levels of power suitable for application on small satellite platforms is a subject of ongoing research within the plasma propulsion group. The successful candidate will perform hands-on laboratory investigations on innovative plasma propulsion prototypes. This project will be in close collaboration with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd with an industrial co-supervisor supporting the guidance of the activities (industrial co-supervisor: Tom Potterton,

In particular, the PhD project involves the following activities:

  • Design and development of novel electric propulsion concepts.
  • Design and implementation of testbeds for the development of low power electric propulsion systems.
  • Performance and lifetime characterization of plasma propulsion devices.
  • Low-temperature plasma physics.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).


This project is funded with a studentship from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The funding is available for three (3) years. The amount of £19,037 for bursary (£14,777) and fees (£4,260) is available for the first year and will be increased every year to cover the cost of both fees and bursary up to three years.

Apply now

A selection of excellent candidates is fundamental to us and a different starting date could be agreed if necessary.

  1. Apply to study on the PhD programme at
  2. In the application form, clearly state you are applying for the PhD scholarship supervised by Dr. Andrea Lucca Fabris.
  3. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Open for EU/UK students only.

For informal enquiries prior to application please contact: Dr. Andrea Lucca Fabris: For Enquiries on the application procedure please contact:

Formal applications should be submitted through our programme page. You should make clear in your application that you are applying for this studentship.

Application deadline: The studentship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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