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Real Time Phase Estimation for Terrestrial Navigation

Starting date

1 october 2021

Duration of contract

3 - 6 months

Type of employment


The Department of Nautical Systems at the Institute of Communication and Navigation in Neustrelitz is involved, among other things, in the development of a receiver for R-Mode signals transmitted by marine radio beacons in the frequency range around 300 kHz. The current developments of the receiver are based on a Python implementation using a Software Defined Radio (SDR).

The goal of your work with us is to expand the current R-Mode receiver platform. To do this, you will familiarise yourself with the R-Mode system and the R-Mode receiver so that you are able to implement some parts of the current receiver in hardware.

In addition to your work with us, which should have a time frame of 20 hours per week, we also offer you the opportunity to write your master's thesis with us in parallel.

Your tasks:

  • identification of logical parts of the processing chain that can be implemented on the hardware in the FPGA of the SDR
  • implementation of the identified functions in VHDL and testing with an available SDR
  • adaptation of the DLR R-mode software receiver to the new capabilities of the SDR
  • carrying out calibrations and measurements
  • comparison of the performance of the pure software solution, with the solution partially implemented in hardware

Your qualifications:

  • ongoing Master's degree in the field of communications engineering / electrical engineer
  • knowledge of the Python programming language
  • basic understanding of digital signal processing
  • experience with VHDL
  • independent and structured way of working
  • good to very good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • ability to work in a team and reliability

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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Stefan Gewies
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 3981 480-187

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