Scientific activities / projects

Head of the group „System Analysis“

Starting date

1 January 2020

Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 14

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 Department "Resilience of Maritime Systems" develops methods that enable to measure and describe the achieved degree of resilience of complex technical and socio-technical systems. Building on this, new concepts are developed that pursue a technological and systemic design of infrastructures according to the "resilience-by-design" approach.

With your work, you pursue with us the common goal of continuously improving the model-based analysis and evaluation of the security and protection status of current and future maritime systems. Your research will focus on the scientific investigation of how the security objectives of complex systems and infrastructures can be specified and validated on the basis of systemic, functional and procedural models. Furthermore, you will investigate how suitable evaluation methods, e.g. by using Key Performance Indicators (KPI), can be employed in order to monitor statically and operationally the compliance with the security objectives. This also includes the research on methods that enable the evaluation of the resilience of the infrastructure. In an interdisciplinary working team, you will identify relevant research questions and coordinate their processing. You publish the results of your work at renowned conferences and in recognized journals, and thus, represent the Institute on a national and international level. You will also supervise both master's and doctoral theses.

Your tasks within the scope of this activity are:

  • research and application of innovative methods for modelling and analysis of complex systems and infrastructures
  • technical leadership of the employees of your research group and coordination of the projects of your group
  • acquisition and composition of new projects for current and future research topics
  • presentation and publication of research results

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree in an engineering field (e.g. electrical engineering, mechanical engineering), natural sciences (e.g. mathematics, techno-mathematics) or computer science
  • successful doctorate in engineering, natural sciences or computer science
  • many years of experience in the development and simulation of functional and/or technical system models
  • experience in the field of determination, modelling and assessment of safety risks in technical systems is desirable.
  • experience in the implementation of third-party funded projects
  • experience in dealing with industrial partners, preferably in joint projects, desirable
  • excellent verbal and written skills and business fluency in English
  • strong willingness to communicate and cooperate as well as the ability to work in a team and a confident manner

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. Frank Sill Torres
Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures

Phone: +49 471 924199-10

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