Scientific activities / projects

Modelling and evaluation of complex systems and infrastructures

Starting date

1 January 2020

Duration of contract

up to 3 years


up to German TVöD 13

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. In an interdisciplinary team, you will investigate how the security goals of complex systems and infrastructures can be specified and validated on the basis of systemic, functional and procedural models. Furthermore, you will develop suitable evaluation methods, e.g. based on the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI), in order to monitor statically and operationally the compliance with the security objectives. This includes the research on methods for the evaluation of the resilience of the infrastructure. You will publish the results of your work at renowned conferences and in recognized professional journals, and thus, represent the Institute on national and international level. Depending on your qualifications, you will supervise doctoral theses as well as master's theses.

The position comprises the following principal activities:  

  • research and application of innovative methods for modelling and analysis of complex systems and infrastructures
  • investigation of methods for evaluating the resilience of complex systems and infrastructures
  • 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
  • knowledge in the development and simulation of functional and/or technical system models
  • knowledge of the implementation of third-party funded projects desirable
  • knowledge in dealing with industrial partners, if possible also 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

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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Vacancy 43800

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DLR site Bremerhaven

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