Student placement

Optical Communications, Electronics design and implementation for optical communication payload on CubeSats

Starting date

7 January 2020

Duration of contract

6 months


up to 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

Free Space Optical (FSO) communication systems not only overcome the bandwidth limitations of RF systems, but also offer improved power efficiency, security and size compared to their traditional counterparts. Furthermore FSO is the opener and mandatory for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) over large distances. The Optical Communication Systems Group at the Institute of Communications and Navigation has been developing an optical communication payload for CubeSats, with the primary goal of demonstrating high speed optical downlinks between a CubeSat and Earth.

The main task of this position is to adept the existing electronics development to another satellite bus. For the electrical connections and the communication with the satellites subsystems and the different payloads, the interfaces have to be adapted according to the satellite bus. Furthermore the design of the existing printed circuit board design (PCB) has to be changed due to different mechanical dimensions. The major challenge is to fit all electronical subsystems into the limited space of a CubeSat.

Your qualifications:

  • study of Electrical Engineering or similar
  • profound knowledge of electronics development
  • profound knowledge in SMD soldering
  • experience in design tools like Altium Designer or similar
  • experience in optical communication would be preferred

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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Benjamin Rödiger
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-2944

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