Your mission:

Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 20 member states of ESA - keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 01.02.2015.

Perform microelectronics design and test of analogue and mixed-signal new IP cores and devices for space applications. ESA would like to finish the design of a maximum power point tracker (MPPT) new analogue IP core design (that will be then manufactured with the Atmel technology and tested), and in addition, there are a few recently manufactured mixed-signal chips that need to be functionally and electrically tested and characterised in our laboratory. These chips include Single Event Transient (SET) test vehicles, a CAN bus high voltage transceiver, ADCs, DACs and other analogue IPs, all of them manufactured with  the IMEC DARE technology. Additionally the porting of these mixed-signal IP to IHP, XFAB and ST technology needs to be investigated.


  • perform analogue ASIC design using CADENCE tools and Atmel radiation hardened 150nm CMOS technology, to complete the MPPT ASIC design (if the candidate has analogue ASIC design experience or potential to learn how to do it)
  • perform functional tests and electrical characterisation of the IMEC DARE mixed-signal ASICs (test vehicles include 5 ADCs, 2 DAC and 2 low noise and power amplifiers for satellite payload and platform applications)
  • analyse the data and draw conclusions on the actual SET sensitivity of IMEC DARE technology and the IPs tested, as well as the methodology used to assess this SET sensitivity
  • analyse and demonstrate how the IP can be ported and digitally enhanced to other European radiation hardened technologies nodes from IHP, XFAB and ST

Applications received until 7th September 2014 will be considered.

Your qualifications:

  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary
  • applicants should have just completed (conclusion not older than two years) or be in their final year of a university course at Master’s level in Microelectronics, with a special interest in analogue VLSI design and technology
  • knowledge/experience with analogue VLSI design tools (e.g. CADENCE, MENTOR) or/and
  • knowledge/experience with electrical tests of VLSI components
  • knowledge/experience with radiation effects on semiconductors would be an asset
  • candidates must be fluent in English or French, the official languages of the agency

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

German Trainee Programme

February 2015

12 up to 24 months

attractive scholarship


Contact person :

Larissa Seidlez

Strategy and International Relations

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