In collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory of Flight (RAALF) is studying the feasibility of surveying wildlife habitats using a small airborne system. Such a system will provide data for informed and balanced policy decisions related to wildlife management.
The surveying platform is based on an existing solar-powered aircraft that weighs about 15 kg, has a 6.3-m wingspan and has successfully completed several long-duration flights exceeding eight hours. The aircraft will collect data in the visual and infrared ranges. Solar power complements the power needs of the subsystems, especially under cold conditions.
The ideal candidate has a background in low-speed aerodynamics, flight dynamics and small aircraft design. She/he has experience in wind-tunnel and flight testing of small UAVs. Supervision of students of all levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) is expected. The project requires fieldwork, for example for demonstration flights in northern Ontario.
Toronto Metropolitan University is a public university located at the heart of Toronto, a vibrant and diverse large city. The university has about 40,000 students and hosts one of two English-speaking undergraduate aerospace engineering programs in Canada.
Please email inquiries and your application to Dr. Götz Bramesfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be submitted in PDF format. In the subject line please indicate: “PDF Application”. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of three (3) individuals who could act as referees.
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