Characterisation of a novel CMOS TDI image sensor (17/16)

Company: The Open University, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Location: Milton Keynes

Company Description: The Open University has committed, through the creation of the Space Strategic Research Area (Space SRA), to generating a step-change in its capability to address global challenges and its role in the growth of the space sector of the UK economy. The aim of the Space SRA is to contribute to significant cross-fertilization of people, instrumentation, and ideas. To support research infrastructure, develop research leadership, and cultivate new collaborations and partnerships.

Project Description:

The Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) and e2v Technologies are involved in a joint project (funded by the UK Space Agency) to develop a novel Time Delay Integration (TDI) CMOS image sensor for Earth observation from space. The role of the CEI is to perform electro-optical characterisation of the new sensor and to investigate its radiation hardness. The ultimate goal is to develop all-digital, fully integrated TDI imager offering numerous advantages over existing technologies.

The sensor will be designed and packaged at e2v, and the CEI will produce a custom sensor board, build the test setup and write the software for data acquisition (DAQ). Full device characterisation will be performed at the CEI before and after irradiation from a gamma ray source to evaluate the electro-optical performance of the sensor and its suitability for use in the radiation environment of space. The project will include work with DAQ using LabVIEW FPGA hardware and software, electronics design, layout of a PCB headboard, and data collection and analysis.

During the project the successful candidate will:

  • Gain experience with CMOS image sensor technology, operation and characterisation
  • Designing and assembling data acquisition hardware, writing control software and analysing data
  • Understanding radiation damage effects in space environment

Student Specification:

  • Background in physics, electronic engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience in programming and data analysis.
  • Use of general laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes and power supplies.

Experience with LabVIEW, electronics CAD software and radiation damage effects would be desirable.

The Nitty Gritty:

8 week fixed term contract to be agreed with the successful candidate, but expected to start during June 2017. £310 per week (£1,350 pcm) gross. Induction Day will be at Harwell on 26 June 2017.

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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