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New concepts for optimizing traffic flows in classic air traffic and urban air mobility

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Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 13

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"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

Over the past two decades, the Institute of Flight Guidance has achieved a worldwide leading position in the design, development and testing of air traffic controller support systems. Current focuses are the development of approach, sector, taxi and departure planning systems for differently highly automated aircraft, independent of being manned or unmanned. The adaptation of classical traffic management approaches is also considered in the field of urban air mobility. Both functional and non-functional requirements are relevant for these systems. Non-functional requirements include resilience, system architecture, security and system design. In cooperation with worldwide partners such as NASA and ENRI (Japan), the Institute is involved in the development of the operational air traffic management of the future. The implementation is carried out with the help of prototypes for assistance and automation functions and their human-machine interfaces. Manual software development is increasingly being supplemented or even replaced by machine learning methods. The concepts and systems are evaluated with the help of human-in-the-loop simulations in the institute's own simulation environment.

 To strengthen our team we are looking for an employee for the tasks:

  • development of concepts for the optimization of air traffic processes
  • systematic derivation of requirements for user-centered and situation-adapted air traffic controller, support for different controller working positions, taking aviation security into account
  • concept development for future air traffic controller support systems in all flight phases and in taxiing
  • cooperation in EU projects and in cooperation with NASA and ENRI

Your qualifications:

  • an university degree in aerospace engineering or a comparable field of study (diploma/master's degree)
  • basic knowledge of air traffic management and air traffic control procedures
  • high team and communication skills
  • knowledge of the systematic derivation of system requirements
  • knowledge in the field of trajectory calculation and optimization
  • good programming knowledge
  • good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • experience in scientific work desirable
  • experience in writing scientific publications desirable
  • basic knowledge of project management desirable
  • very good programming knowledge and experience in C++ or Java advantageous

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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Jürgen Rataj
Institut of Flight Guidance

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