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Scientific activities / projects

Effect models in resilience management

Starting date

1 February 2021

Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment


The Institute for the Protection of Terrestrial Infrastructures investigates how the supply of society can be secured by means of resilient infrastructures. To this end, it develops methods that, on the basis of digital twins of the infrastructures, should enable both situational protection and strategic adaptation to future threats. The department "Resilience - Models and Methods" works on the fundamentals in the fields of modeling and methodology development in order to make threat situations analyzable, resilience measurable and the systemic effect of (socio-)technical resilience concepts describable in models.

You investigate how the effect of (socio-)technical measures and processes can be quantified and described in models. For this purpose, you develop schemes, in order to be able to class known resilience increasing methods and concepts to effect patterns. On this basis you develop metrics for quantification and effect models, which enable the description, evaluation and implementation into performance-based resilience models. The concepts developed by you are supposed to serve as basis for a dynamic resilience management, which supports decision-making by determining situationally optimal measures for resilience preservation. You have the chance to present your research world-wide on international conferences and to publish in recognized journals.

The opportunity to earn your PhD is given within the framework of the temporary employment.

The position includes the following principal activities:

  • research of models and methods for the quantitative representation of the effect of resilience enhancing measures
  • identification of effect patterns and derivation of metrics suitable for measuring the effect
  • presentation and publication of research results

Your qualifications:

  • completed scientific university studies (University Diploma or Master’s Degree) in Engineering (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Safety Engineering), Natural Sciences (e.g. Mathematics, Technomathematics, Numerics) or Computer Science
  • knowledge in risk analysis, assessment and management, especially Human Reliability Assessment (HRA)
  • experience in the analysis of sociological and/or socio-technical systems
  • good oral and written expression in German and English
  • willingness to work cooperatively
  • knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Python) is a plus
  • knowledge in performing third-party funded projects is desirable
  • readiness for qualification, e.g. PhD, requested

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 (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Lichte
Institute for the Protection of Terrestrial Infrastructures

Phone: +49 2203 601-5360

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Vacancy 53130

HR department Cologne

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DLR location Sankt Augustin

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