Thesis title: Novel multi-band cryogenic receivers based on T+MMIC technology for mm-astronomy applications. 
Supervisor: Prof. Lucio Piccirillo (University of Manchester)
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Shahram Amiri (POAM Electronics Ltd)
Recruitment Institution: University of Manchester, UK
Doctoral School: University of Manchester, UK
Mobility: The ESR will spend 3 months at POAM Electronics Ltd at Manchester (UK). In the last months of  the thesis,  ESR 1 will carry out tests at the IRAM facilities in Grenoble (France).

Eligibility: European and non-European students who not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, ect.) in United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
Thesis description: 
The objective of the thesis is the design and realization of a novel ultra-low noise cryogenically cooled receiver to be used in radio/mm telescopes, after the ACO project duration. Specifically, the objective is to build an integrated receiver based on a T+MMIC cryogenic amplifiers working between 30 and 70 GHz. Several options will be explored for the first stage, including superconducting devices.

The thesis is part of the ACO network, whose ultimate goal is to reconstruct the early history of the Solar System by comparing presently forming solar-type planetary systems with its small bodies. The comparison will be based on the most advanced astrochemical knowledge, which will be developed by the interdisciplinary ACO team. 
Requested background: The successful applicant must have a Master’s degree in Physics by the time of enrollment and be highly motivated. Previous experience in radio/mm observations and cryogenics will be an advantage. Excellent undergraduate and Master's degree grades are expected as well as a high level of written and spoken English. Team work ability is essential.
Salary: The gross amount of the Research fellowship is paid as follows:
- 36 months: £ 34,773 to £ 47,823 per annum which includes family and mobility allowance where applicable.
See details on the financial aspects of Marie Sklodowska-Curie-ITN in the Guide for applicants Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, published at

How to apply

Send an email to the  address, The mail should include a letter of interest, a CV in pdf format, the grades of the Master courses and at least one recommendation letter.
Closing date for application: until a suitable candidate is found.
Expected date of recruitment: within 1 September and 1 November 2019.