PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Division of Space Technology
City: Kiruna
Country: Sweden
Contact Person: Mikael Granvik
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Luleå University of Technology
Application Due Date: Monday, June 26 2023
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Luleå University of Technology is looking for a highly-motivated PhD student to join the Asteroid Engineering Laboratory located on the Space Campus in Kiruna, Sweden.

The successful candidate will carry out laboratory experiments on asteroid simulants and meteorites with the ultimate goal to understand the mechanisms that destroy asteroids close to the Sun, and how the destruction process affects the near-Earth asteroid population. The primary tool for the experimental work is the new Space and High-Irradiation Near-Sun Simulator (SHINeS), which is used for assessing how irradiation comparable to that found close to the Sun affects materials resembling those found on asteroids. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of an analytical and/or numerical model of the destruction process that will be included in evolutionary models of the near-Earth asteroid population.

The position is fully funded for 4 years with a starting salary of 32800 SEK per month + benefits.

The application deadline is June 26, 2023 CEST.