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Technologies for Guidance & Control Systems for Space Applications

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Duration of contract

1 year


according to German TVöD 13

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The Institute of Space Systems in Bremen designs and analyzes future spacecraft and space missions (launchers, orbital and exploration systems, and satellites), and assesses them with regard to their technical performance and cost. It applies state-of-the-art methods of multi-disciplinary engineering in system design and analysis – for example, a computerized system for concurrent design. The Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Department focuses on the capability to analyze, design, develop, implement, simulate, test, and verify attitude and orbit control systems (AOCS) / guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for space applications and their components. This involves a range of disciplines, including requirements management, systems engineering, algorithm development, software implementation, systems analysis/simulation/verification, and hardware-in-the-loop testing. The GNC Systems Department is also conducting research and development of promising and strategic technologies for AOCS and GNC systems.

The guidance and control group works within the field of research and development of guidance and control systems for space applications. We thoroughly analyze dynamic systems to synthesize robust and performant guidance and control solutions in order to achieve a highly reliable, controlled system. This encompasses system identification, controller design and trajectory optimization. Our activities range from mathematical problem formulation and modelling to simulation, flight code implementation and software verification and validation in real-time environments.
The GNC Systems Department is actively involved in several internal and international projects. This encompasses among others the project ReFEx (Reusability Flight Experiment), the project CALLISTO – an international cooperation between DLR and the space agencies JAXA (Japan) und CNES (France), and the EU H2020 project EURISA with partners in France and Switzerland. The work comprises th development of guidance and control technologies for different space flight applications.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the Guidance & Control Research Group:

  • Analysis and design of G&C methods for planetary landing, including trajectory optimization
  • Implementation and V&V of powered descent guidance methods
  • Analysis and design of attitude and orbit control systems for satellites
  • Modelling and simulation of realistic environments, dynamics, and sensor signals
  • Integration and adaption of GNC functions to real-time processing environments
  • Processor and hardware-in-the-loop testing of onboard GNC functions
  • Project/activity results documentation, presentation, and publication
  • General support to G&C development for current and future projects
  • Commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of aerospace/space engineering, control engineering, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or similar
  • Knowledge in classic and modern control theory
  • Knowledge in optimization theory
  • Good programming skills in C, C++, MATLAB and Simulink
  • Experience with real-time systems (e.g. dSPACE)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
  • Conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
  • Willingness to domestic and international travels on official business
  • Practical experience with robust or nonlinear control design methods for complex dynamic systems
  • Practical experience with optimal control, optimization and transcription methods
  • Experience with Linux operating systems (ideally Ubuntu) and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)
  • Practical experience with writing scientific documents with LaTeX
  • Scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
  • Supervision of student seminar papers and theses
  • Mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
  • Experience and successes with acquisition of external funding
  • PhD in the area of G&C design or optimization 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 unparalleled 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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Technical contact

Dr.-Ing. Stephan Theil
Institute of Space Systems

Phone: +49 421 24420-1113

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Vacancy 52506

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