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Research in FDIR for space applications

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

Global Navigation Services are part of our daily life. High reliability of these systems is a must. Therefore, these systems are analyzed based on methods from Failure Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) and Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Security (RAMS).

As part of your mission, you will research in the area of FDIR and RAMS in the context of Galileo. You will also implement your approaches into our open-source software Virtual Satellite. Your tasks and responsibilities in this project are:

  • scientific work in the area of FDIR and RAMS in the context of Galileo,
  • integrate existing methods into our framework Virtual Satellite,
  • apply existing methods to Galileo related operations,
  • research new methods for a continuous FDIR and RAMS from systems engineering to single equipment,
  • developing Virtual Satellite as part of the development team,
  • implementing your research results in Virtual Satellite,
  • maintain a good relation to the Galileo operational team,
  • share and publish your research in scientific journals, papers and international conferences.

If you enjoy developing software, and you want to become a part of our team, we are looking forward for your application. We are interested in highly motivated people, delivering high quality work. We offer the freedom to bring in your own ideas and research topics. You have the possibility to create new projects and to research in an exciting environment. You are encouraged to publish scientific results on international conferences and in scientific journals. Working in part time is an option we can offer.

Your qualifications:

  • you should have experience in methods such as Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
  • you should have experience in the area of MBSE in spacecraft engineering.
  • you should have knowledge in software development with tools such as Eclipse, OSGI.
  • Required Qualifications:
  • you have a Master/PhD in Computer Science or similar domain.
  • you have knowledge in formal methods and model checking.
  • you have knowledge in software development with tools like Java and similar
  • you have knowledge of Software Engineering tools like GitHub, Maven/Tycho.
  • you need to provide conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export-controlled goods and information according to German, European and US export control laws.
  • you are a team player, creative, and able to work independent and self-motivated.
  • you are required to publish and travel to national and international conferences.
  • you are fluent in spoken and written English (knowledge of German is an asset).

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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Philipp Martin Fischer
Institute for Software Technology

Phone: +49 531 295-2951

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