Course paper / final thesis

Development of a FPGA based digital signal processing testbed for GEO-feeder links

Starting date

1 july 2020

Duration of contract

6 months


up to the German TVöD 5

Type of employment


The optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develops 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 digital signal processing for optical communication systems. Furthermore she/he 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 FPGA based hardware development, and improve your professional skills.

The subject contains tasks like:

  • analysis and conception of the digital communication system for optical satellite links
  • implementation of digital signal processing stages using Xilinx RFSoC device
  • functional and performance verification in simulation and on hardware
  • evaluation of measurements and analysis of the results

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of electrical engineering/communications or similar
  • experience in the field of digital signal processing is of advantage
  • good knowledge in the area of FPGA/SoC as well as hardware description preferably VHDL is a plus
  • experience with laboratory equipment is advantageous
  • ideally programming with Matlab/Python/C/C++

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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Raphael Wolf
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-3509

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