Scientific activities / projects

Group Lead “Flight Dynamics/Handling Qualities”

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVÖD 14

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

The rotorcraft department of the DLR Institute for Flight Systems in Braunschweig deals with simulation of the flight- and aeromechanics, the stability and control, and systems technology of rotorcraft in general.

The department has around 50 employees, operates its own test stands and uses DLR's two flying test vehicles EC 135 FHS and BO 105 for its research. The intensive cooperation with other DLR institutes at various locations as well as with national and international partners from industry and research forms an important cornerstone for the successful scientific work of the department.

As head of the “Flight Dynamics/Handling Qualities” group in the rotorcraft department, you have the following tasks:

  • management of the "Flight Dynamics/Handling Qualities" group
  • research in flight dynamics and handling qualities of rotorcraft
  • planning of the resources of the group
  • identification of new research areas and project ideas relevant to the department through intensive exchange within the international community, through literature research and through interdisciplinary cooperation
  • assist acquisitions
  • guidance, mentoring and further development of the group's employees as well as doctoral students and visiting scientists
  • participation in specialist committees inside and outside DLR

You work independently and coordinate strategic decisions within the department. We give you the freedom and opportunity to pursue your own ideas and advance new research topics.

Your qualifications:

  • completed scientific university degree in aerospace engineering or similar (diploma/master)
  • proven ability to work scientifically, e.g. through a doctorate and/or a reasonable number of scientific publications
  • knowledge in the fields of simulation, flight mechanics, handling qualities and system evaluation of rotorcraft
  • professional and project experience in applied research
  • evidence of leadership and management skills (e.g. through experience in team leadership, raising third-party funds, supervising theses and/or providing guidance on scientific work)
  • experience in the acquisition of national and international research and industrial projects
  • excellent problem-solving skills, initiative and a high sense of responsibility
  • enjoy working in a scientific environment
  • high willingness to familiarize yourself with new areas of application and technologies
  • knowledge of funding opportunities in the German science system desirable
  • experience in networking and coordinating cooperation with national and international partners desirable
  • experience in simulation and flight test campaigns with rotorcraft desirable
  • very good knowledge of spoken and written German and English
  • willingness to travel (national/international)

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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Dipl.-Ing. Marc Höfinger
Institute of Flight Systems

Phone: +49 531 295-3249

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