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Scientific activities / projects

Development of a flexible on-board data handling system - adaptable to mission-specifics - for scientific space missions

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


According to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

The Institute of Space Systems in Bremen designs and analyses 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.
In addition, the Institute of Space Systems cooperates with other DLR institutes and research institutions to develop, build and operate its own spacecraft and missions. These are used to conduct scientific investigations and technology demonstrations involving, for example, small satellites and planetary landers. The Institute is a centre of excellence for systems engineering with capabilities in system design, system integration and systems testing, for which it plays a coordination and integration role.

The Department of Avionics Systems develops solutions for on-board data handling, electrical power supply, and communications for application in space systems. Therefor our products have to conform to high standards w.r.t reliably.
Depending on the respective space mission the department is also responsible for the conception and design of the respective subsystems of the spacecraft, as well as for the functional verification at system level. This broad view across domains and departments allows for an in-depth view into the development of a complete space mission across all project phases as well as into the detailed technology development, which is a unique feature of working in the Department of Avionics Systems.
In the frame of researching avionics systems we study new concepts and develop these for application in space missions, which constitutes to promote and foster the excellence of DLR in that domain. The activities carried out by the department range from developing electronics hardware in different domains, developing Intellectual Property (IP) Cores at register-transfer level, and programming of application software, as well as the verification and validation tasks connected with these activities

The department is looking to fill two vacancies in the area of electronics hardware development / FPGA gateware development. The focus lies on the development of a flexible on-board data handling system that is adaptable to the needs of scientific missions as well as its sub-components. This includes the design of hardware according to requirements and constraints, the creation of design- and test documentation, the management of hardware production and conducting tests. In the frame of this process you will study and develop future concepts and present the results of your work to the scientific community.

We are looking for team players, who approach their work in a structured and systematic way.

Your qualifications:

  • successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent in the domain of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Aerospace/Space Engineering or similar
  • experience in developing electronics, e.g. part selection, PCB design, and testing
  • very good understanding of embedded systems and the interaction of hardware and software
  • team spirit and creativity
  • fluent in English and/or German (written and verbally)
  • allowed to handle export-controlled goods (US American and European regulations)
  • experience in space applications, especially w.r.t. the operating environment (radiation, vacuum, thermal stress), e.g. through participation in a satellite project
  • experience with the design and reliability considerations of embedded systems
  • experience in schematics design and board layout with KiCAD or Altium Designer
  • knowledge of simulation of electrical systems
  • experience with Python, Matlab/Simulink
  • knowlegde/experience in RTL design and software engineering
  • knowledge/experience of VHDL/SystemVerilog and C/C++
  • knowledge of Linux operating systems and Linux scripting
  • experience in requirements management and handling of standard tools

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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