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Development of an FPGA based transmitter for GEO-feeder links

Starting date

1. Februar 2022

Duration of contract

6 months


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Type of employment


The advanced optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develop experimental laser communication systems for optical data links between airborne carriers such as airplanes or satellites and optical ground stations. The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, mechanics, electronics and programming.

The successful applicant will support our team in the development of digital signal processing for optical communication systems. The main focus of the work will be to design a flexible transmitter capable of very high data rates. The transmitter will be used in a testbed for different optical transmission schemes. Furthermore she/he will perform system tests and possibly will support the team during scientific measurement campaigns.

It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting-edge topic, gain experience on FPGA based hardware development, and improve your professional skills.

Main tasks:

  • Analysis and conception of a flexible digital transmitter for optical satellite links
  • Implementation of a digital transmitter using an FPGA
  • Functional and performance verification in simulation and on hardware
  • Evaluation of measurements and analysis of the results


Your qualifications:

  • Study direction of electrical engineering/embedded systems/communications or similar
  • Experience in the field of digital signal processing
  • Good knowledge in the area of FPGA/SoC as well as hardware description preferably VHDL
  • Experience with laboratory equipment
  • Programming with Matlab/Python/C/C++

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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Carl Vajus
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-2716

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