Postdoctoral Research Associate in Advanced Space Propulsion - University of Illinois

Required: PhD in Aerospace Engineering or related fi eld. Per University of Illinois policy, eligible candidates must have obtained their PhD degree within 10 years of the start date of the position.

Desirable qualifications: Experience conducting experimental research related to micro space propulsion systems, specifi cally electrospray. Experimental research experience with green ionic liquid propellants, especially energetic green propellants, e.g., AF-M315E, LMP-103.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be part of a two-year, $1.2M project sponsored by NASA and the National Reconnaissance Offi ce. The postdoc will conduct research on a novel multi-mode micropropulsion concept that combines together into the same system
a chemical catalytic thruster and electric electrospray thruster. Research will focus on the electric electrospray mode of operation, and extending and multiplexing well-characterized single capillary emitter results into an advanced manufactured array. Additionally the postdoc will be responsible for attending and publishing conference papers, as well as archival journal publications. The postdoc will work closely with, supervise, and mentor 1-2 PhD students, and will also work closely with a small business partner. It is expected the postdoc will also lead research group meetings, assist with proposal writing, and review and proof publication manuscripts.