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Adaptive Optics System Characterization for Free Space Optical Communication

Starting date

1 February 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.

The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, mechanics, electronics and programming.  Adaptive Optics (AO) is a technique used to dynamically correct the adverse effects of turbulence in the atmosphere on the optical communications channel. This position will be focused on characterizing the optical system at the Optical Ground Station (OGS) installed on the rooftop of the Institute of Communications and Navigation, at Oberpfaffenhofen.

The successful applicant will support the team in fully characterizing the AO system, with a special emphasis on the Deformable Mirror (DM) dynamics. They will also work in a cooperative environment with other students and colleagues to determine the mechanical delay with different specifications, both theoretical and experimentally. It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting edge topic, gain experience on real optical hardware, and improve your engineering skills.

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of control, mechanical, optical or electrical engineering
  • experience of programming in Python

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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Joana Do Sul Da Mota Torres
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-4320

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