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PDRA in Space Circular Economy

Durham University - Business and Management Studies

Location: Durham
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 24th March 2024
Job Ref: 24000303

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the research project, “Evaluation of Space Debris and Its Potential Usage for a Circular Space Economy”.

The project will focus on developing optimal circular-economy pathway for end-of-life satellites and space debris considering the best-use configuration among various alternative potential usage. Specifically, you will work on material characterisation and value assessment and cost modelling of space-based objects and space debris. This will involve:

  1. Determining the aggregate material content of the space-based objects leading to the development of a catalogue of material composition of satellites
  2. Developing material degradation models and estimating the material properties based on life and degradation.
  3. Developing machine learning models to predict the material content and properties for other satellites for which data is not available.
  4. Determining the total value of individual parts, sub-assemblies and assemblies and the material content
  5. Developing cost models to estimate the processing costs for different applications- in-orbit servicing, in-space manufacturing, manufacturing for Space and logistics back to earth for use in earth. 
  6. Determining the value of reusing, recycling, remanufacturing of parts and materials for different applications- in-orbit servicing, in-space manufacturing, manufacturing for Space 

The successful applicant will work alongside the project PI, Prof. Atanu Chaudhuri, and Mr. Ralph Dinsley from project partner 3S Northumbria Limited, Prof. Lenos Trigerorgis and Dr. Zsofia Toth. The role is funded by Durham University Business School’s Smart & Scale initiative which is an interdisciplinary impact-driven research programme in smart and scale-up activities, focusing on innovation and business development of SMEs in the North-East of England.

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