Scientific activities / projects

Development of on-board processes and instruments for maritime situational awareness

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Duration of contract

3 years


According to the 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:

Securing and protecting critical infrastructures is essential for the economic prosperity and stability of countries and societies. Our institute is committed to this objective and develops concepts, methods, and technologies to provide both the assessment and improvement of the security status. These safety and security measures require a holistic consideration of human, technology, and system.

The department Maritime Security Technologies develops innovative instruments and novel methods to create the next-generation civil maritime situational awareness system. Join our team of highly motivated scientist and contribute to the realisation of this new technology. You can expect a diverse field of activity in which you will develop algorithms for on-board processing and data analysis, and take a significant role in instrument design.

Your mission:

  • development of software and firmware for processing of raw sensor data
  • on-board data fusion on multi-instrument platforms
  • online data analysis for automated object, pattern, and anomaly detection
  • development of algorithms in the field of machine learning and data mining
  • development of instruments and networks of sensors (requirement engineering and prototyping)
  • independent execution and coordination of projects
  • presentation and publication of research results

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (university Diplom or master) in physics, computer sciences, electrical engineering, or similar
  • independent and creative, able to work under your own responsibility
  • enthusiasm to work with both software and hardware
  • ability and mind to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • high willingness to become acquainted with new technologies and applications
  • proficiency in programming; ideally ranging from user applications to machine-orientated coding
  • experience in the field of machine learning and statistical modeling
  • knowledge in system design (hardware and software)
  • practical experience in integration and verification of electronic systems or sub-systems
  • experience in at least one of these fields: optical, RADAR, or SONAR remote sensing systems (or similar)
  • excellent communication skills
  • good knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)
  • experience in GPU programming is an asset
  • knowledge of Linux systems is an asset

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.

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Technical contact

Maurice Stephan
Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

Phone: +49 471 92419-942

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Michael Langerbeins
Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

Phone: +49 471 9241-9901

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Vacancy 18460

HR department Braunschweig

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DLR site Bremerhaven

DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

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