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The forefront of research in Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) for Concurrent Engineering - survey

Starting date

18 may 2020

Duration of contract

4-6 months

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

Concurrent Engineering is the established methodology for the early design phase of space missions. An interdisciplinary team covering several domains (e.g. propulsion, mission analysis, communications, systems) is a vital part of the process coming along with multiple interconnected design variables and individual dependencies for each mission.
Enabling the concurrent design team to create a quantifiable concept, instead of only one consistent design based on ‘engineering intuition’, and allowing for an optimisation on systems level, instead of letting the domain experts optimise their subsystems only, would lead to a major improvement of the process. The key element therefor is Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO), which is a formal methodology with its origin in the 90th for finding optimum systemlevel solutions involving multiple interrelated subsystems, domains or disciplines.
Your mission is to create a comprehensive map of existing MDO techniques beginning from the 90th up to the newest trends that can be found in the international research landscape. You should cluster them via their methodology (e.g. gradient-based, linear, non-linear, integer, convex, heuristic) and what they can be used for. In the end you should be able to make a recommendation for the use in the DLR Concurrent Engineering process.

Your qualifications:

  • advanced Bachelor studies or higher in Mathematics or Computer Science or similar university studies
  • knowledge in scientific writing is of advantage
  • capability to work from remote is advantageous
  • access to scientific publications (e.g. via university library) is a plus

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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