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This project aims to addresses the stability of orbital motion around minor bodies (asteroids or comets) considering uncertainties of the initial state of the spacecraft and also the uncertainties of the model parameters e.g. the mass of the asteroid, rotation errors, etc., with algebraic propagation methods. This position will start no later than end Nov. 2019. Please send your application (including CV, cover letter, Certificate of bachelor and master degree (if applicable) and two reference letters) to jinglang.feng@strath.ac.uk by 16th Otc. 2019.

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Personal Statement

  • Creative thinker, quick learner, challenge accepter and object-oriented problem solver.

  • Enjoying team work in multidisciplinary and multicultural environment with efficiency communication skills. 

Before joining Strathclyde, she pursued her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology, with research efforts on innovatively modeling, solving dynamics and control problems in the highly nonlinear system with specification on contact binary asteroid systems. Afterward, she continued research as a postdoctoral researcher in Astronomy and Space Science of Nanjing University and Purple Moutain Observatory, where she started to investigate the effect of model uncertainties (e.g. gravity field, solar radiation pressure) on orbital propagation around asteroid and to model the influence of sublimations on the rotation status of a comet, respectively.

Currently, she is continuing the research about orbital dynamics and uncertainty analysis around small solar system bodies. Meanwhile, she is extending her fields to space debris removal and asteroid deflection, where similar methodologies can be shared with for addressing the new challenges. Promising disposal and deflection strategies are expected.

Research Interests

Expertise in modeling of mechanical and dynamical system; numerical and analytical skills of solving nonlinear dynamics; specialized in orbital dynamics around small solar system bodies and propagation of gravity uncertainty. In particular:

  • irregular gravity modelling
  • stability, frozen and periodic orbits
  • resonance modeling and chaos estimation
  • effects of solar radiation pressure on the long-term orbital evolution
  • modeling and analysis of irregular gravity uncertainty with semi-analytical methods
  • control and stabilization of unstable motion

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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