ORGANISATION/COMPANYDENA DESARROLLOS SL
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Electrical engineeringEngineering › Electronic engineeringPhysics › Applied physicsPhysics › Electromagnetism
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE15/06/2017 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Terrassa
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37
OFFER STARTING DATE01/01/2018
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER722337
Context of the project
Current external lightning protection is just based on air termination systems, down conductors and grounding. The most common air terminations are lightning rods and conductor meshes. All are only conceived for the limited purpose of receiving lightning attachments, but do not provide any additional information.
The objective of this project is to investigate streamer and leader properties to be used in lightning protection. The results of this research will be applied to the design of ‘smart’ lightning rods. These smart lightning rods will be an essential part of the next generation of lightning protection systems, capable of obtaining data from the lightning events, and able to detect the existence of proper conditions for the occurrence of corona and leader inception.
The PhD scholarship will be part of the SAINT project under the supervision of the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). The SAINT project provides a unique environment for this PhD scholarship and other projects which cover many atmospheric electricity aspects. It has a strong focus in interdisciplinary collaboration between leading European research centres, organizations, and universities.
1) Realization of high voltage laboratory experiments to investigate the conditions of corona inception and the transition to leader discharge. Optical and electromagnetic measurements will be conducted to find suitable methods to be included in field experiments and provide data for numerical models of discharges.
2) Laboratory data will be used to feed numerical models of coronas and leader transition. Both laboratory and simulations will be used to determine the required measurement system to include in lightning protection systems.
3) Proposal, design and development of the detection and measurement system.
4) Field investigations at the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) group instrumented tower.
Some experiments and modelling will be done in collaboration with other Ph.D. students in the SAINT project.
The PhD position will involve travels to summer- and winter schools of the SAINT network, and to other partners of the network.
The salary will be in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders (Early-Stage Researchers, Initial Training Network).
The period of employment is 3 years.
The position is open to applicants from around the world, with the limitation that at the time of recruitment by DENA Desarrollos SL, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by DENA Desarrollos SL, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
The selection is based on qualifications and fit to project in a competitive process, and subject to approval by the Project Recruitment Committee of the SAINT Project, the Ph.D. program on Electrical Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Human Resources at DENA Desarrollos SL.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELAll: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Candidates shall have experience in experimentation and research, a solid base in electromagnetism and should hold a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.
EURAXESS offer ID: 215879