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Scientific activities / projects

Development of Embedded Software for Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


according to German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

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 research and development activities of the GNC Appliances Research Group extend to the holistic conception, development, implementation, simulation, testing, and verification of GNC systems for space applications. This also includes system and simulation technology for the entire development cycle of GNC applications, as well as the aspects of high availability and high reliability of systems. The group also operates laboratories and facilities for testing and verifying GNC systems. With its activities, the research group provides integral technologies and key skills for the implementation of highly specialized GNC algorithms and technologies in real applications within the department.
Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the GNC Appliances Research Group:

  • planning and drafting of software architectures for embedded systems
  • programming of flight-critical and non-flight-critical software for embedded systems in C/C++
  • implementation of algorithms in the domains of guidance, navigation, and control in software
  • adaption of existing software to new hardware, operating systems, and frameworks
  • run-time optimization of existing software and algorithms
  • test, validation, and verification of the developed software
  • planning, creation, establishment, and auditing of quality assurance measures and tools for software development (compliance to international software development standards, bug tracking, internal programming standards, test strategies and frameworks, code analyses and reviews, etc.)
  • department-internal consulting and coaching for software engineering
  • support for the execution of Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), Processor-in-the-Loop (PiL), and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) tests of GNC systems
  • production, technical review, and auditing of scientific and technical documentation
  • documentation, presentation, and publication of results
  • supervision of student internships, project and semester reports, and theses
  • 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 embedded software engineering, aerospace/space computer science, computer engineering, or similar
  • very good programming skills in C and C++ for safety-critical embedded systems
  • excellent knowledge of the software development process for embedded systems (cross-compiling toolchains, debugging, profiling, etc.)
  • profound knowledge of common hard- and software architectures of embedded systems and real-time operating systems (e.g., RTEMS, FreeRTOS, QNX, Rodos)
  • experience with modelling software, e.g. using UML, as well as in-code documentation along the software development (e.g. with Doxygen)
  • experience with using development tools like GitHub, GitLab, JIRA, Mantis, Jenkins, etc.
  • profound knowledge about quality assurance measures and tools for software engineering
  • professional utilization of Linux operating systems and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)
  • 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
  • several years of professional experience with the development of embedded software with larger teams is desired
  • model-based software development/generation (e.g. using MATLAB/Simulink with MATLAB/Simulink Coder and Embedded Coder) is a plus
  • application and tailoring of international standards for software engineering in the context of aerospace and space systems (e.g., DO-178, DO-330, DO-331, ECSS-E-ST-40) is desired
  • application and adoption of coding guidelines (like MISRA-C/MISRA-C++, JPL C Coding Standard, CERT C++, etc.) is a plus
  • static and dynamic software analysis methods is an advantage
  • hardware-oriented programming of software in Assembler, driver programming is an advantage
  • practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX desirable
  • scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.) is an advantage
  • supervision of student seminar papers and theses is a plus
  • mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage is a plus
  • experience and successes with acquisition of external funding is desired

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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Rene Schwarz
Institute of Space Systems

Phone: +49 421 24420-1165

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