PhD Studentship: AMSCI Funded Project in Partnership with Rockwell Collins: Multi-Constellation, Multi Frequency GNSS Advanced RAIM

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Multi-Constellation, Multi-Frequency (MCMF) Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will enable a variety of operations that demand higher accuracy and integrity, such as Required Navigation Procedures (RNP) 0.1 NM approaches. However these high integrity MCMF solutions are dependent on availability of sufficient satellite ranging sources, which are vulnerable to satellite faults, constellation-wide outages, and interference from a variety of sources. This poses an ever increasing risk, and this matter must be addressed to ensure continued safety of air operations. Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) has been adopted as a standard approach for both pre-flight and real-time checking of integrity of positioning solutions. The evolution of multi-constellation and multi-frequency (MCMF) GNSS has seen the development of the basic RAIM algorithms to their Advanced RAIM (ARAIM) form. MCMF ARAIM also provides the potential to investigate system wide failure modes. This project will further investigate MCMF ARAIM, and continue the development by extending the approaches to carrier phase integrity, which is critical for both RTK and PPP applications.

Supervisor: Prof. Terry Moore

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham. There is currently an available position, which are being funded by under the AMSCI project with Rockwell Collins.

Start Date: Available now

Eligibility: UK, EU, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand

Duration of award: 3 years

Successful applicants will be based at Nottingham and will:

  • Work directly with leading academics and industrial partners from the GNSS supply chain
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with the lead industrial partner (Rockwell Collins)
  • Receive a travel and consumables allowance to support the research project

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, such as engineering or physics. Students with a background in GNSS are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be self-motivated and capable of studying under pressure to meet deliverables. They should also have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders. Previous experience in GNSS algorithms and software and strong programming skills (MATLAB, C++ etc) would be advantageous.

Funding:

Successful applicants will receive a tax free bursary of up to £14,296 p.a. and tuition fees for three years, subject to satisfactory research progress. This level of funding is for UK and EU applicants, although international students (USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only) are eligible to apply with their own funding. Tuition fees (£19,120 p.a.) for international students will be paid, but no stipend is offered. Candidates should be available to start as soon as possible.

For further information please contact Professor Terry Moore, T: +44 (0) 115 951 3886.E: terry.moore @nottingham.ac.uk

Online application can be submitted via web http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx

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