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Research Position Announcement (Controls)
Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security
Spacecraft Research and Design Center
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA
https://my.nps.edu/web/srdc
https://my.nps.edu/web/aocoe

Introduction
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the Department of Defense. NPS has a Spacecraft Research and Design Center with emphasis on spacecraft dynamics and attitude control. In 2011, the Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security was established with sponsorship from the National Reconnaissance Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The emphasis of the center is on the large segmented mirror imaging satellite and high energy laser beam control. The research is multidisciplinary, covering structures, controls, and optics. The center has several unique testbeds, including a three-meter segmented space telescope, three-axis spacecraft simulator with CMGs, and several adaptive optics and beam control testbeds.

Employment Opportunities and Qualifications
The centers are seeking highly qualified research applicants in the area of controls. Adaptive optics and beam control for imaging satellites and high energy laser systems pose challenging controls problems. A strong background in classical control theory and modern control techniques is required. Experience in both analytical and experimental research is highly desirable. A Ph.D. or highly qualified M.S. degree in the related area is required. Recent Ph.D.’s having significant hands-on experience are also encouraged to apply. Research positions may be offered as Research Professor, Postdoctoral Associate, Research Associate, and Research Engineer. Most positions will require US citizenship. However, non-US citizen applications will also be considered under the NRC research associate program.  

Contact Information
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, detailed resume, and references to:

Brij Agrawal
Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943
agrawal@nps.edu

Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 


 

Research Position Announcement (Optics)
Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security
Spacecraft Research and Design Center
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA
https://my.nps.edu/web/srdc
https://my.nps.edu/web/aocoe

Introduction
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy's interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the Department of Defense. NPS has a Spacecraft Research and Design Center with emphasis on spacecraft dynamics and attitude control. In 2011, the Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security was established with sponsorship from the National Reconnaissance Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The emphasis of the center is on the large segmented mirror imaging satellite and high energy laser beam control. The research is multidisciplinary, covering structures, controls, and optics. The center has several unique testbeds, including a three-meter segmented space telescope, three-axis spacecraft simulator with CMGs, and several adaptive optics and beam control testbeds.

Employment Opportunities and Qualifications
The centers are seeking highly qualified research applicants in the area of optics. A background in adaptive optics, large segmented mirror optics, or high energy laser optic system is a plus. Experience in both analytical and experimental research is highly desirable. A Ph.D. or highly qualified M.S. degree in the related area is required. Recent Ph.D.’s having significant hands-on experience are also encouraged to apply. Research positions may be offered as Research Professor, Postdoctoral Associate, Research Associate, and Research Engineer. Most positions will require US citizenship. However, non-US citizen applications will also be considered under the NRC research associate program.  

Contact Information
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, detailed resume, and references to:

Brij Agrawal
Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943
agrawal@nps.edu

Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Theses Opportunities


Spacecraft Research and Design Center
Thesis Opportunities

https://my.nps.edu/web/srdc/theses

Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security

Spacecraft Research and Design Center (SRDC) and Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security (AOCoE) offer thesis opportunities for wide range of disciplines in engineering and science.  AOCoE is a newly established research center sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

SRDC and AOCoE conducts research in spacecraft, adaptive optics, and related technologies focused on national security applications and aims to deepen the technical expertise in this area.  This multidisciplinary research area has wide range of applications such as spacecraft design, spacecraft systems, space telescopes, advanced electro-optical imaging systems, directed energy weapons, laser beam control systems, laser communications, etc.

 

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SRDC and AOCoE provide:

Opportunities to work on the state-of-the-art laboratories and high priority research for DoD. Some laboratories are unique in the world.
There is a strong collaboration with other universities (UCSC, UCLA, Columbia University, AFIT, etc), industries (ITT, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, etc), and national laboratories (NRL, JPL, AFRL, etc).
Strong funding from DoD.
The testbeds are operational and maintained by researchers and engineers.
Research topics are multidisciplinary and students have options to pick areas.
Structures, dynamics, controls, optics, systems engineering, space telescopes, and High Energy Laser (HEL) beam control.
Analytical and/or Experimental research.
Strong support from professors, research scientists, engineers, and staff.

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Potential thesis topic areas and point-of-contact information is as follows:

Mechanical Engineering
Structures and modal testing
Finite element and structural analysis
Vibration and jitter control
High Energy Laser (HEL) beam control

Professor point of contact:
Prof. Ramesh Kolar (rkolar@nps.edu)
Prof. Jae Jun Kim (jki1@nps.edu)

Astronautical Engineering
Space Telescopes
Distributed Aperture Satellites
Spacecraft Guidance Navigation and Control
Spacecraft Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing
Optical Beam Control and Adaptive Optics
Space Systems Engineering

Professor point of contact:
Prof. Brij Agrawal (agrawal@nps.edu)
Prof. Jae Jun Kim (jki1@nps.edu)

Space Systems Operation
Segmented Mirror Telescope Systems
FLTSATCOM
Space Systems Analysis and Operation

Professor point of contact:
CAPT. Alan Scott (ret) (adscott@nps.edu)
Prof. Brij Agrawal (agrawal@nps.edu)

Electrical Engineering
Robust Control
Multi-dimensional Signal Processing
Image Processing

Professor point of contact:
Prof. Roberto Cristi (rcristi@nps.edu)

Physics
Atmospheric Propagation
Wavefront Measurement
Adaptive Optics
High Energy Laser (HEL)

Professor point of contact:
Prof. William Colson (wbcolson@nps.edu)
Prof. Andres Larraza (larraza@nps.edu)

Systems Engineering
High Energy Laser (HEL) systems
Segmented Mirror Telescope systems
System Design and Optimization

Professor point of contact:
Prof. Douglas Nelson (dhnelson@nps.edu)