Ryerson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, Ryerson University, Canada

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One Ryerson Post Doctoral Fellowship (RPDF) is immediately available from October 2009 in Spacecraft Dynamics and Control for three years (i.e. 36 months) renewable annually. The annual salary is $41,000 plus benefits (approximate total value of award $50,000). The aim of this RPDF program is to attract outstanding post-doctoral fellows who will enhance Ryerson’s Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) productivity.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: (a) Have completed or received a PhD degree in dynamics and nonlinear control discipline no more than two years before the application deadline; or (b) Be expected to complete their PhD degree in dynamics and nonlinear control no later than six months after taking up the PDF. (c) There must be evidence of significant and exciting promise in Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) in relation to the candidate’s career stage and background. (d) If an applicant has at least six months of full-time relevant work experience in industry or government after receiving the doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to three years. (e) If an applicant has withdrawn from the workforce and active research for maternity or paternity leave or to raise a child for at least one year after receiving a doctorate, the eligibility period is extended to six years.

The RPDF will work in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ryerson University (www.ryerson.ca/aerospace). The research will be supervised by Dr. Krishna Kumar, Canada Research Chair. Dr. Kumar’s areas of research/projects include Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Fault Tolerant Control, Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control, Flexible Spacecraft, Formation Flying, and Underactuated Systems (www.kdkumar.com). These projects are challenging and involve theoretical and experimental work. The candidate should have a Ph.D degree in dynamics and nonlinear control. The candidate must have a strong background in mathematics, dynamics and control. Experience with MATLAB is essential. Knowledge of orbital or attitude dynamics and designing spacecraft is desirable. Practical experience in designing controller is desirable.

The prospective candidate should send (preferably by email) their resumes, along with names and contact information of three references, as well as copies of research papers, before August 20, 2009, to:

Dr. Krishna Kumar, Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Space Systems
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada

Tel.: 416-979-5000, Ext. 4908; Fax: 416-979-5056
Email: kdkumar[ at ]ryerson.ca

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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