Scientific activities / projects

Software development of procedures and technologies for the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles

Starting date


Duration of contract

6 months


up to German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"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

Contribute to the future of unmanned aviation!

The DLR Institute of Flight Guidance develops and validates advanced management functions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). In this area of research, concepts to enable the safe integration into civil airspace and the timely processing of mission data for dynamic mission adaptations are being scientifically investigated. The basis for the realization of this research work is the prototypical DLR Ground Control Station U-FLY, which allows complex UAS missions (for individual UAS and UAS swarms) to be planned, controlled, monitored and validated.

At the heart of our research various missions ranging from small UAS (e.g. quadcopters) to MALE / HALE (Medium / High Altitude Long Endurance) systems are being examined. The U-FLY is integrated into DLR's Air Traffic Validation Center. Interactions of the UAS with other airspace users and air traffic control can be investigated in a realistic environment using a simulated airspace. In flight tests with different unmanned platforms, the developed concepts can be tested and evaluated. For this challenging activity, our interdisciplinary team seeks reinforcement in software development and modeling.

In the research group on “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” you will work in a team to design, implement, and test software modules for various UAS and their missions. The work will be integrated into research and development projects. The work will include software development of the U-FLY ground control station and the implementation of test scenarios into the simulation environment. The content is co-organized in national and international projects with the aviation industry and other research institutions. If necessary, the position can also be carried out in part-time (while studying).

Your qualifications:

  • academic degree (diploma/master) in computer science
  • very good programming knowledge in C++
  • good knowledge in application development with Qt
  • willingness and ability to work into new technologies and professional domains independently
  • knowledge in 3D-graphics application development (z.B. OpenSceneGraph, osgEarth) is a plus
  • great interest, commitment and initiative in dealing with complex issues in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • very good English skills (written and oral language skills)
  • willingness for national and international travel
  • enjoy working independently and scientifically 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 Bernd Korn
Phone: +49 531 295-2540

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