12 April 2011
German space centre offers PhD position
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is offering an RMIT University student the chance to undertake a PhD in Berlin.
Dr Andreas Eckardt and Dr Peter Moar.
Summer school participants enjoyed four days of discussion.
The arrangement comes as DLR and RMIT enter into a five-year agreement to continue a successful international summer school on remote sensing technologies.
Dr Andreas Eckardt, a researcher in optical information systems with DLR, said: "I'm delighted that DLR has offered an RMIT Masters student a three to four-year PhD position with us in Berlin."
Dr Peter Moar, Senior Manager, RMIT International Collaborations and Partnerships, in the Research and Innovation Portfolio, said: "This is a great opportunity for a RMIT researcher to be working on-site with such a major research and development organisation."
The PhD would be awarded by RMIT, with Professor Simon Jones as the supervisor. Discussions with the preferred candidate are set to be finalised soon.
A recent four-day school at RMIT, attended by early-career industry professionals and students, covered topics including space system engineering, commercial and defence surveillance capabilities, and fire monitoring and detection from unmanned aerial vehicles to satellites.
Dr Eckardt said the summer school was an opportunity for scientific collaboration and talent spotting.
New technologies were providing new answers and that it was important that the best minds got access to the best facilities.
DLR is the largest funding body of the European Space Agency and has a budget of $2 billion, 33 research and development institutes and 6,900 people.
It is currently providing data from two German radar satellites, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, to help assess the damage caused by the tsunami in Japan.
This summer school is for people who are undertaking or have completed courses in geomatics, electronic and computer engineering, physics (optical information systems) and other courses that contain digital signal and image processing.
Dr Eckardt was joined at the summer school by Frank Lehmann, an optical information systems and mechatronics expert with DLR.