Course paper / final thesis, Internship

Design and modelling of integrated photonic devices

Starting date

1 December 2022

Duration of contract

6 months


up to the German TVöD 5

Type of employment


The Advanced Optical Technologies group at 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 integrated circuits development covers several disciplines such as photonics, electronics and programming.

The successful applicant will join our team in the development of integrated optical systems for very-high-throughput satellite communications and ranging applications. To address the unique challenge of designing the next generation of integrated transceivers, she/he/they will investigate various photonic devices required in a high-speed transmission link. The main focus of the work is to model and evaluate performance of a selected photonic component and its compatibility with the existing optical communications system.

It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting-edge topic, gain experience on working with commercial photonic design tools, and improve your engineering skills.

Main activities:

  • develop photonic components and functional blocks
  • validate device and circuit performances
  • assess operating environment impact on the PIC
  • assist with PIC experimental testing and data analysis
  • program Python/Matlab simulation tools

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of physics, communications, optical or electrical engineering
  • experience with optical communications technologies
  • knowledge of photonic component design and modelling 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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Technical contact

Dr. Marcin Ziarko
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-4927

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Vacancy 69549

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