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Postdoc - Advanced Space Propulsion
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Jun. 18, 2020
Title Postdoc - Advanced Space Propulsion
University University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Engineering - Other

Required: PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or related field. Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Desirable qualifications: Experience conducting experimental research related to micro space propulsion systems, including thrusters, feed systems, and power processing units. Experimental research experience with green ionic liquid propellants, especially energetic green propellants, such as AF-M315E and LMP-103.
The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a multi-year project sponsored by NASA and will work closely with collaborators at NASA Glenn Research Center and NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, as well as industry collaborators. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research on a novel multimode micropropulsion concept that combines a chemical catalytic thruster and electric electrospray thruster into the same system. Research will focus on thruster, feed system, and PPU development.
Additionally, the fellow will be responsible for attending NASA meetings, publishing conference papers, and archival journal publications. The fellow will work closely with a small business partner and work, supervise, and mentor 1 to 2 Ph.D. students. It is expected the fellow will also lead research group meetings, assist with proposal writing, and review and proof publication manuscripts.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering is ranked in the top in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs, is home to 33 world-renowned faculty members, 200 graduate and 520 undergraduate students, and has annual research expenditures of $10 million. A 3,000 sq. ft. addition will be completed later this year to expand its space engineering activities. For more information, visit the EPLab website and the U of I Dept. of AE website.
To apply for this position, please submit a resume/CV, two representative publications, and names of two references to EPLab Director Dr. Joshua Rovey at

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Contact Information

  • Josh Rovey
    Aerospace Engineering
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL
  • 2173007092


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