Course paper / final thesis

Development of a high resolution optical ranging system loop

Starting date

2 march 2020

Duration of contract

6 months


up 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 he/she will perform system tests and possibly will support the team during scientific 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.

The subject contains tasks like:

  • analysis and of the system and further development of post processing units with respect to the scenario requirements
  • theoretical analysis of the requirements for a satellite mission
  • signal processing, algorithm and control design of the optical ranging loop using an FPGA
  • design, implementation, verification and performance analysis of algorithms for the optical ranging
  • evaluation of measurements and analysis of the results

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of optical, electrical engineering or communications
  • experience with signal processing
  • development in VHDL
  • programming in Matlab / Python
  • experience with electrical / optical measurement technology

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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Janis Surof
Institute of Communications and Navigation

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