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Concepts for optical tracking and control of multiple targets

Starting date

November 2021-January 2022

Duration of contract

6 months


up to German TVöD 5

Type of employment


The Group of Advanced Optical Technologies of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develops experimental laser communication systems for optical data links between satellites and optical ground stations as well as demonstrator platforms for testbed system verifications. The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, physics, electronics, programming and mechanics.

The successful applicant will support our team in the development of optical tracking sub-system for satellite communications. Foremost, they will perform theoretical study and simulation of various techniques for tracking of multiple (static) targets. In the next stage, control techniques for stabilization of a beam with varying intensity will be evaluated. In the practical part, laboratory setup will be used for demonstration of open- and/or closed-loop tracking of two or more targets (laser sources).

It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting-edge topic, gain experience on real optical hardware, and improve your engineering skills.

Main activities:

  • design of optical tracking control and state machine
  • optical and optomechanical systems design
  • performance analysis (angular resolution, dynamics)
  • setup of a laboratory demonstrator and its performance verification
  • programming of simulation and control tools (Python or Matlab) when necessary

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of electrical engineering, (technical) physics or optics
  • experience in optical system design and testing
  • interest in (satellite) optical communications

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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Technical contact

Dr. Juraj Poliak
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-1470

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