Funding agency: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Opportunity Restricted to US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

The research objective is to develop innovative antenna concepts featuring low cost, low weight, and high performance.  We are particularly interested in the following technology areas: reconfigurable antenna technology, electronically steerable multiple-beam phased array antennas, microphotonic-based antennas, Radio Frequency (RF)/optical integrated hybrid antennas, fractal antennas, deployable antennas, conformal antennas, cognitive-antennas and other original antenna technology concepts requiring the use of nanotechnology, photonic-bandgap, or Magnetic Photonic Crystals, among others. In addition, Integrated RF and optical antenna concepts and technology are of high interest.  In particular we are interested in antenna concepts operational at Ka-Band, mmWave, THz and Optical frequencies.

A far-field antenna facility is available to support the antenna characterization tests with the current upper bound frequency capability of 40 GHz. This frequency limit could be extended with new instrumentation.  This facility is unique because it is capable of supporting the Low Earth Orbit dynamic scanning phased array Bit Error Rate tests. A cylindrical near-field antenna facility is also available to support characterization requirements (i.e., Linearly Polarized and Circularly Polarized patters, holographic imaging) of different types of antennas with the largest aperture dimension of 10 inches or smaller in the frequency range between 2 to 40 GHz (extendable with new instruments). In addition, a compact antenna range with a cylindrical quiet zone of 3 feet in diameter and 6 feet in length is also available. The quiet zone phase performance is extremely flat, on the order of ± 1o. The range is operational from 1 to 40 GHz. A 22' x 22' vertical scanner near field antenna range is operational to 50 GHz. Precision photogrammetry and laser radar systems are available for surface metrology.

General-purpose facilities include a 1,500 square-feet Class 100 Clean Room, computer-controlled rapid prototyping antenna fabrication systems , ribbon and wire bonding facilities, and electrical characterization capabilities (e.g.,  Performance Network Analyzer Network Analyzer and Cascade Probe Station) from DC to 110 GHz.

  • You must have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctorate degree before beginning the fellowship.
  • You must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa (research scholar only) before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program. You are eligible to apply for the NPP while holding the F-1 status. However, if you are selected for an appointment, you must change your status to one listed above.
  • Since each NPP Fellowship is tied to a specific research opportunity located at a NASA Center or program institute, you must relocate to the Center or program institute that supports the opportunity to which you were accepted. In the case of virtual Centers such as the NASA Astrobiology Institute, you must relocate to the university location of your advisor as listed on the research opportunity. Establishing and maintaining residency at the Center or at the location of the advisor is required to begin the appointment and to remain in the program.
  • You must not have held an NPP appointment for five years prior to applying. NPP Fellows are eligible for another award five years after the end of the previous appointment.
  • Some NASA Centers may require a security or visitation clearance before you start your appointment. The NPP Center Representative will notify you in advance if a clearance is required.
  • You cannot start your NPP appointment until all appointment requirements are met. This includes completing and returning all required forms and documentation to USRA. USRA will not issue an advance stipend check, start stipend payments, or approve relocation travel until all requirements are met.
June 30, 2019
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