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Design of Safety and Security Critical Embedded Systems

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Duration of contract

2 years


up to German TVöD 13

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"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

Electronics systems play a major role in modern commercial aircraft. Many functions of the aircraft are realized by embedded systems. The number of such functions is steadily growing due to the increasing automation of air traffic, e.g. autonomous flying. Safety and security is of utmost importance for aircraft embedded systems. System safety is dealing with realization of systems which can be operated with an acceptable low level of risk to harm people or property, whereas systems security deals with means that enable the system to function correctly under malicious attack.

Future aircraft, especially in the field of unmanned aviation, will also have a high degree of connectivity. In the civil sector, the connection to traffic management systems and the communication of cooperating aircraft are of great importance. Military applications also include integration into swarms of a large number airborne platforms as well interacting with ground-based systems. Despite many advantages, a high degree of networking goes hand in hand with the risk of malicious attack, whereby systems in security-critical applications must be particularly protected in this regard.

As part of your scientific work, you will develop innovative approaches for the design and analysis of safe and secure embedded systems for future civil and military aircraft. In addition to architectures that minimize the risk of malicious attack, you will also develop methods for detecting malicious attack and potential defense strategies.
Your work environment will be our dynamic and innovative department. Besides the high level of team spirit, you can expect an excellent infrastructure with the latest equipment and development environments. We actively support you in advancing your professional and scientific career.

Your qualifications:

  • Masters degree in the field of communications engineering, computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering with relevant specialization
  • Experience in the field of design of embedded systems, software, hardware or system design of real-time capable systems through study or final theses
  • Experience in the area of model-based system design, especially with UML or SysML
  • Very good spoken and written German and English skills
  • Experience in the field of development methods and standards for safety-critical systems, preferably in the aviation sector
  • Experience in the field of security of embedded real-time systems

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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