You will investigate cutting-edge solutions in the area of RF sensors, with emphasis on Multiple Beam Techniques applied to missile radar seekers Read more Read less


Multibeam radar (MBR) systems are Radio Frequency (RF) sensors capable of providing multiple simultaneous functions in different directions by transmitting multiple dedicated simultaneous antenna beams, each one carrying dedicated radar resources and waveform properties (i.e. range resolution, maximum unambiguous range, detection range etc etc). MBR is a technique based on waveform diversity that requires a set of orthogonal waveforms on transmit in order to generate multiple channels in transmission and extract them efficiently at the receiver with digital signal processing. The level of isolation between channels is a key MBR performance parameter determined by the orthogonal properties of the waveforms used on transmit. The better the channel isolation the better the MBR performance.

The successful candidate will continue our investigation on the application of MBR radars to missile RF seeker and, in particular, develop MBR-based techniques that can provide the RF seeker with dedicated channels that can be used for communications tasks. The provision of communications beams in MBR will allow information exchange between a missile and other co-deployed supporting platforms, such as swarms of drones, and ultimately has the potential to significantly improve prosecution and platform protection performance.

The use of a common active antenna aperture for simultaneous operation of radar and communications functions can reduce the overall size, weight and power of the hardware, which may be particularly important on a small platform. In order to achieve this, suitable radar and communications co-existence techniques and waveforms will be proposed and investigated that will allow the seeker to operate simultaneously in communications and radar modes. 
You will work on a cutting-edge research project which is expected to deliver high impact results. 

You will have the opportunity to work closely with our industrial partners and to travel for meetings with our industrial partner and to conferences to present your results.

You will gain strong independent thinking and research skills, both theoretical and experimental. A number of writing courses are available which will assist in report, scientific paper, presentation and thesis writing. You will gain experience in presenting work at workshops and conferences, and also in programming and signal processing. All of these are transferable skills enhancing employability.

At a glance

  • Application deadline31 Aug 2022
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date03 Oct 2022
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK
  • Reference numberCDS037


Main supervisor - Dr Alessio Balleri

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline (Physics, Mathematics or Engineering Sciences).    

Good interpersonal and communication (oral and written in English) skills are also required.


Sponsored by Sponsored by QinetiQ and Cranfield University under the Cranfield Industrial Partnership PhD Scholarships Scheme. This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £16,000 (tax free) plus fees* for three years             

* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national and have been resident in the UK for the last five years.

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How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.   Please quote the following title and reference number: PhD in Radio Frequency Missile Seekers based on Multibeam Radar Systems - CDS037. In addition to the application form, please attach a covering or motivational letter.

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