Course paper / final thesis

Implementation and conduction of space environment tests for commercial analog electronics

Starting date

3 June 2019

Duration of contract

6 months


up to the 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

The optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develops experimental laser communication systems for satellites. Following the new space approach, it is required to use commercial EEE components on our payloads. To ensure functionality of our systems even in harsh space environment, it is necessary to choose electrical components wisely and to test them under realistic conditions for their specified parameters. These tests include total ionizing dose (TID), single event effects (SEE) and thermal-vacuum. In the thesis, the student will elaborate a survey about potential testing facilities and service providers, plan and support the tests and evaluate the results in order to identify suitable components.


  • survey about testing facilities and service providers
  • pre-selection of potential discrete analog components (diodes, transistors, MOSFETs) also in cooperation with partner companies
  • plan of test setups
  • design and implementation of test circuits to measure specified component parameters
  • support during conduction of TID, SEE and thermal-vacuum tests
  • evaluation of test results

Your qualifications:

  • Study direction of electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or similar
  • profound knowledge in analogue circuit design
  • very good knowledge in scripting languages (i.e. Python, Matlab)
  • knowledge of space environmental effects on electronics preferred
  • ability to understand complex system relationships

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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Fabian Rein
Institute of Communications and Navigation

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