Course paper / final thesis, Student placement, Internship

Development of Adaptive Optics control algorithms for free space optical communication

Starting date

1 December 2018

Duration of contract

6 months


According to German TVöD 5

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:

The optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develop experimental laser communication systems for optical data links between airborne carriers such as airplanes or satellites and optical ground stations. The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, mechanics, electronics and programming. This position will be focused on the development of Adaptive Optics, a technique used to dynamically correct the adverse effects of turbulence in the atmosphere on the optical communications channel. The successful applicant will support our team in the development of optical and opto-mechanical systems, as well as the required control software and algorithms. Furthermore he/she will perform system tests and possibly will support the team during scientific measurement campaigns. It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting edge topic, gain experience on real optical hardware, and improve your engineering skills.

The subject offers several internship and Master Thesis topics like:

  • Operation and analysis of adaptive optics systems for optical free space communication
  • Design of adaptive optics control software
  • Use of novel control schemes for adaptive optics in communication

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of control engineering
  • knowledge of basic control theory
  • experience of programming in Python, Matlab or C

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 places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-3374

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