Aeronautics, space, transportation and energy research - the DLR is working on many topics that are inherently fascinating and socially highly relevant, and that offer forward-looking perspectives. They range from designing the aeroplane of tomorrow, to deploying satellites and probes to conduct environmental research or to explore our cosmic neighbourhood, to designing transportation systems for the future and deploying renewable energies. In addition to this, the DLR, in its role as space agency, develops and implements the German space programme on behalf of the German federal government.
The job descriptions and scientific disciplines which DLR combines under one roof are equally diverse: from atmospheric research to aerospace medicine, from adaptronics, mechatronics and robotics to planetary research, and from propulsion technology to material physics in space. DLR is prominently involved in numerous national and international projects and institutions. Among these are the International Space Station ISS, the European Galileo satellite navigation system, the German-Dutch DNW wind tunnel, as well as Europe's largest solar installation in Almería (Spain).
Opportunities for young research talent at DLR
In connection with all these research and development activities, DLR offers special opportunities for young academic talent. Students can complete internships at the DLR institutes, and they can also prepare their Diploma or Master's thesis there, while they are in part already participating in international projects. In addition to this, DLR regularly invites students to take part in idea contests, and in cooperation with colleges of higher education it lets them take part in flight campaigns, parabolic flights, or other spectacular projects. Finally, hundreds of doctoral students receive high-level supervision and support at the DLR institutes.
Especially also for young employees, DLR offers a comprehensive programme for personal development and continuing education, which for instance includes project management methods and other qualifying modules for future managers. Possible next career steps are leading groups of young researchers at the DLR institutes, postings abroad, or taking part in sponsorship programmes for post-docs in cooperation with industry.