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Channel Simulation for Satellite Constellations with Optical Communication Payloads

Starting date

1. March 2022

Duration of contract

6 months


up to German TVöD 5

Type of employment


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

The successful applicant will support our team in the development of optical, photonic and communications systems for very-high-throughput satellite communications applications. Foremost, she/he will perform theoretical analysis and simulation of various techniques to characterize the optical communication channel and the different sources of impairments, for Sat-to-Ground and Inter-Satellite Links. Literature review on Satellite Optical Communication and Atmospheric Impairments would conclude the theoretical part, which shall be followed by simulation development on programming languages such as MATLAB or Python, to assess the performance of the communication links.

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


  • Optical Communication Channel model development
  • Performance analysis
  • Link Budget and SNR evaluations
  • programming of Python or Matlab simulation tools

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of aerospace / communications / electronic engineering or physics
  • experience with MATLAB or Python programming languages
  • experience in communications and/or programming is an advantage
  • 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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Samuele Raffa
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-1601

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