Research Fellow (Deployable Antenna)


Job Description

This project aims to leverage the origami folding technique to create innovative meter-scale deployable structures for aerospace. With a distinct emphasis on curved antennae, the overarching goal is to devise a holistic tool for designing origami folding patterns that not only achieve an impressive deploy-to-stow ratio but also maintain low shape approximation errors. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Origami Pattern Design: Develop a comprehensive tool to design folding patterns for curved surfaces; 
  • Prototyping and Testing: Prototype the meter-scale origami patterns and conduct rigorous tests to assess deploy-to-stow ratio, and shape approximation error; 
  • Research & Documentations: document all research findings, tool development stages, and pattern designs for reference and publication; 
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with engineers from Thales in Singapore and other team members in the group. 


While we expect the candidate to have earned a Ph.D. degree in either Mechanical/Mechanics Engineering, we also welcome applicants from other engineering or related disciplines.
The candidate with at least one of the following expertise is eligible to apply: 

  • Origami engineering; 
  • Structural/topology optimization; 
  • Proficiency with CAD software, FEM analysis and at least one of the FEM software (e.g., Abaqus, Ansys, Comsol).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good teamwork abilities, self-motivation, and self-reflection.
  • Proficiency in the English language, both in oral and written form.

Expertise in antennae is a plus but not a must. Aside from experience in any of the above areas, he/she should have a strong passion for engaging and guiding undergraduate/graduate students. 

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: College of Design and Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID: 22339

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