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Scientific activities / projects

Product and Quality Assurance for Space Applications

Starting date

1 September 2020

Duration of contract

3 years


According to the German TVöD 13

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 Institute of Optical Sensor Systems designs, develops, tests and operates complex optical sensors, e.g. cameras or spectrometers, mostly for applications in space for earth observation and planetary research. Such systems contain optical, mechanical, electronical and software components. The development process involves a range of disciplines, including requirement management, system engineering, design, manufacturing, environmental testing and optical calibration. Establishing and maintaining a system for improving the quality of our products and processes play an important role to be successful.

Your job description:

  • plan, define, implement and manage the product and quality assurance measures for complex projects, based on the customers’ (e.g. ESA, NASA, Space industry) requirements in accordance with recognized standards for developing of optical sensor systems
  • collaborate in projects as the person responsible for product and quality assurance, coach employees to ensure standards are met, represent results both internally and externally
  • establish the processes to guarantee the quality of technological developments
  • support of creating and maintaining of information databases for e.g. EEE components, materials, alerts, documents
  • define and monitor the product quality of suppliers, perform audits/reviews at the suppliers’ premises
  • perform analysis to predict the product quality (e.g. reliability, FMECA, WCA, radiation)
  • support planning, organizing and supervising of project reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, MRR, DRB)
  • plan and managing of inspections (e.g. MIPs, KIPs)
  • managing of non-conformances, deviations and waivers based on project requirements
  • ensure proper project documentations including its configuration
  • ensure quality of the equipment within the laboratories for testing and calibrating of the sensor system or component developed  
  • plan and monitor environmental and lab conditions to ensure the product cleanliness quality incl. clean-room management
  • cooperation within international teams
  • preparation of project PA/QA documentation

Your qualifications:

  • successful completed university engineering degree on master's level or equivalent with major space engineering, electronics, optics, mechanics, materials, physics, or a comparable qualification
  • experience in developing or verifying of components and systems for space applications especially in the Phases B, C and D, from the design up to the manufacturing of flight models
  • experience as product assurance manager or leading development or test engineer
  • knowledge in managing clean rooms and reporting the cleanliness status
  • knowledge of ECSS standards (e.g. ECSS from ESA) for developing of Space applications for quality assurance, design, manufacturing and verification of optical, mechanical, electrical and software components
  • motivation and flexibility to work on new technical and technological topics
  • fluently spoken and written English language
  • mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage

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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Gisbert Peter
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems

Phone: +49 30 67055382

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