Course paper / final thesis

FPGA Implementation of CCSDS protocols and data processing systems for Low Earth Orbit Free-Space-Optical Communications

Starting date

1 October 2019

Duration of contract

6 months


According to the German 5 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 groups of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develops 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. The successful applicant will support our team in the development on FPGA of high speed data processing algorithms and communication protocols. Furthermore he/she will perform system verification tests in the laboratory and 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.

Your Tasks:

The main topic of this thesis implementation of data communication protocols in compliance with existing CCSDS standards as well as the design and development of novel processing algorithms and data protocols for enabling their operation for the Free Space Optical Channel.

Your qualifications:

  • Study of Informatics, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, or similar
  • Profound knowledge of VHDL
  • Knowledge of C/C++ is an asset
  • Basic understanding of Hardware/Software-Codesign
  • Familiarity with Networking standards is an asset
  • Self-sustained working behaviour

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. Julio Ramirez Molina
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-2308

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