Spacecraft structural dynamics and testing

This is a PhD opportunity to work in the spacecraft structures, materials and mechanisms group of the Surrey Space Centre in close collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space Stevenage. The research will focus on analytical predictions and developing new methodologies to be validated against real test data of large size satellites.

Start date

1 July 2019


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Airbus Defence and Space Stevenage

Funding information

The researcher will be enrolled as a PhD student and we are offering tuition fees plus a bursary fully funded (standard rate £14,726 per annum - exempt of income tax- but higher rates are possible, depending on the candidate qualifications and experience) for 3.5 years.


The Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering, with a multidisciplinary competence that gives us a full end-to-end capability, unique in UK academia, to develop and execute space missions, from concept study to spacecraft design and manufacturing assembly integration and testing, to mission operations, which we run from our own ground station, and exploitation of space data.

Together with an established industrial partner we are looking for a graduate in engineering to undertake applied research leading to a PhD. The current opportunity is in the technical domains of spacecraft structures, materials and mechanisms, in the areas of structural dynamics, vibration testing/virtual testing. The details can be discussed with the potential candidates and the project will be allocated depending on the background/expertise and interests of the candidates.

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Eligibility criteria

Applicants are required to have a minimum bachelors degree, but a masters degree would be preferable.

All grades welcomed.

Only UK or EU students are eligible for this post.

How to apply

Formal applications should be submitted through our Space Engineering PhD course page. In the field labelled “Intended research area” enter “Spacecraft structures”.

Please also send a copy of your CV, a cover letter (possibly including a brief description of your research interests), and copies of any academic transcripts to Mrs Louise Quigley, PGR Administrator, Surrey Space Centre, BA Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, or by email to

For informal inquiries please contact Professor G. Aglietti at

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Contact details

For informal inquiries please contact Professor G. Aglietti at

Guglielmo Aglietti
24 BA 01
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683417

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