Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Ionospheric Scintillation Sensitive GNSS Tracking Models and Mitigation Tools

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location:  University Park

Closing Date:  Friday 31 March 2017

Applications are invited to work with Marcio Aquino and Sreeja Veettil as part of a European-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Innovative Training Network (ITN), “TREASURE”. Successful applicants will also register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham.

Collectively, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) include the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian GLONASS, as well as the new, under development systems like China’s Beidou and Europe’s Galileo. Although GNSS is routinely used in smartphones and in-car navigation with an accuracy of a few meters, it can deliver centimetres in real time if advanced techniques and error modelling are employed, especially if different systems can be used in combination, in what we call ‘multi-GNSS’. Ionospheric scintillation is potentially the most critical phenomenon degrading GNSS positioning performance. Approaches to tackle this crippling effect include improved signal tracking models for GNSS receivers and specialist algorithms to exploit these models in high accuracy position estimation under scintillation. 

The successful applicant will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of scintillation robust signal tracking models for multi-GNSS receivers as well as mitigation tools to support high accuracy GNSS positioning techniques.

Candidates must have the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 Class Degree in a numerate discipline such as Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or a closely related subject. An advantage would be to have (or be expected to obtain) a Master Degree in a relevant discipline such as for example Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Geodesy, Space Geodesy, Surveying, Electronics,  Mapping, Satellite Navigation, Telecommunications, Signal Processing. Also desirable is a sound background in GNSS error modelling.

Candidates will also be required to meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in the (host country) UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

This full-time post will be available from September 2017 and is offered on a fixed-term 36 month contract.

The post benefits from a highly competitive and attractive salary, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

The University of Nottingham values diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. The University holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Marcio Aquino (marcio.aquino@nottingham.ac.uk). Formal applications must be made through the University’s online application system.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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