Scientific activities / projects

Mechanical Design of optical Instruments for Space Applications

Starting date

1 November 2018

Duration of contract

3 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:

<p>The Institute of Optical Sensor Systems designs, develops, tests and operates complex optical sensors, e.g. cameras or spectrometers, mostly for applications in space for Earth observation and planetary research. Such systems contain optical, mechanical, electronical and software components. The development process involves a range of disciplines, including requirements management, systems engineering, design, manufacturing, environmental testing and optical calibration. The conception and modelling of mechanical and thermal designs, e.g. of high precision focal planes carrying optical detectors as well as the miniaturization play an important role in the development process.</p> <p>Your job description:</p> <ul> <li> analysing of scientific user requirements for conception of novel optical sensor systems</li> <li> modelling and design of optical payloads and mechanical components for space applications</li> <li> opto-mechanical design of focal planes carrying optical detectors from UV up to THz wavelength range</li> <li> development of technologies and processes for integrating of miniaturized mechanical and opto-mechanical components and instruments</li> <li> specification and monitoring of the manufacturing process of mechanical and optical components</li> <li> integration of mechanical and opto-mechanical components</li> <li> support of environmental testing and optical calibration</li> <li> cooperation within international project teams</li> <li> preparation of project documentation and scientific publications</li> </ul>

Your qualifications:

  • successful completed university degree master's level or equivalent with major mechanics, opto-mechanics, mechatronics, space engineering, physics or a comparable qualification
  • long-term experience with mechanical and thermal design, optimization, manufacturing and integration of structures and components
  • long-term experience with a software suite for computer-aided design, preferred CATIA
  • knowledge of ECSS standards from ESA
  • experience in the field of project implementation and project management in phases A, B, C/D
  • knowledge about novel manufacturing processes e.g. additive manufacturing
  • knowledge about development processes in the space research domain especially system engineering and product assurance
  • motivation and flexibility to work on new scientific topics
  • fluent in written and spoken English
  • mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
  • preferred qualification: own scientific publications and patents

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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Gisbert Peter
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

Phone: +49 30 67055382

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