Course paper / final thesis

Inter-satellite optical system laboratory demonstrator: performance and validation testing

Starting date

1 October 2019

Duration of contract

6 months


according 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 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.

The successful applicant will support our team in the development of optical and optomechanical systems. Furthermore she/he will perform system verification tests in the laboratory and outdoors and possibly will support the team during scientific field 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.


  • optical system design, assembly and test
  • optical system design in dedicated SW (e.g. Zemax)
  • development of performance testing routines of optical subsystems under laboratory conditions
  • programming of Matlab Scripts and GUIs

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of optical, electrical or physical engineering or scientific instrumentation
  • experience with electrical / optical measurement technology
  • experience in optical system design and testing is an advantage
  • experience in mechanical and/or optomechanical CAD design
  • interest in satellite optics

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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