Scientific activities / projects

Conceptual analysis, development and validation environment for resilient maritime infrastructures

Starting date

1 April 2018

Duration of contract

three years


up to German TVöD 14

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

We are looking to recruit a research associate for the area of “Analysis, Development and Validation Environment” in the Resilience of Maritime Systems Department at our Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures in Bremerhaven.
The Department of Resilience of Maritime Systems develops analysis methods and assessment criteria that enable the measurement and description of the achieved degree of resilience in complex systems. The findings are used to create new security concepts that enable a technological and systematic organisation of infrastructure according to the principle of resilience-by-design. System optimisation during the design phase is based on the integral appreciation of complementary security objectives in the areas of simple operational safety, advanced operational safety and protection from attack. In this regard, factors such as economic efficiency, legal implementation and the societal acceptance of planned measures must be considered.

Your mission:

  • conceptual development, creation and operation of the ‘Analysis, Development and Validation Environment’ (ADVE) for the analysis and design of resilient maritime infrastructures
  • development of a test database, acquisition of relevant data and creation of test scenarios for the ADVE
  • development and implementation of graphical user interfaces for the configuration and monitoring of in-house ADVE modelling, analysis, simulation and design tools
  • participation in projects and independent implementation of research and development projects to adapt/extend the ADVE to project-specific requirements

Your qualifications:

  • completed relevant academic studies (university Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in Computer Science or Information Technology, or in an engineering-related field (e.g. Electrical Engineering), with related professional experience in IT
  • extensive knowledge of software engineering as well as C++/CLI, .Net Platform, Java, PERL, SQL, UNIX, Windows, XML, ASP, APL, etc.
  • analytical and creative thinking when solving even complex operational problems
  • at least several years of professional experience and specialised knowledge of conceptual and algorithm-based development of tools for simulation, development, optimisation, design, analysis and verification in the area of system security and/or risk management
  • within these fields, experience of developing/programming these tools, including the assigned configuration, control and visualisation modules
  • good oral and written skills, as well as fluency in German and English
  • expertise in creating and operating networked IT-based workplaces
  • strong communication and cooperation skills, ability to work in a team, persuasiveness, assertiveness and a confident manner
  • interest in modelling and maritime issues

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. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

Technical contact

Dr. Stephan Brusch
Program Coordination Defence and Security Research

Phone: +49 2203 601-4049

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Michael Langerbeins
Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

Phone: +49 471 9241-9901

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Vacancy 15296

HR department Cologne

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DLR site Bremerhaven

DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

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