Career opportunities

PhD candidates

Embark on pioneering work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security or digitalisation!
Embark on pioneering work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security or digitalisation!

Have you just finished your studies? Are you searching for the right doctoral position?

Then apply to one of our institutes and facilities and embark on pioneering work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security or digitalisation.

We supervise more than 950 doctoral theses every year and provide you with a scientist in addition to your university supervision. Our colleagues are not the only ones who will share their knowledge and experience with you. Through our doctoral network, you will also have the chance to interact with other doctoral students.

Ideal environment for innovative minds

DLR provides an appreciative and challenging environment, in addition to many exciting topics that would quicken the pulse of any researcher. You will find the freedom you need to work on your ideas and research interests, harnessing the unique technological infrastructure we put at your disposal – powerful hardware/software and state-of-the-art laboratories as well as simulators, wind tunnels and rocket test stands.

To ensure that you can complete your doctorate efficiently and successfully, you can take advantage of our diverse further training programme and participate in the DLR_Graduate_Program — a qualification programme that accompanies your doctorate. We will support you in identifying your strengths and talents, developing them in a targeted manner and laying the foundations for your scientific career.

The DLR_Graduate_Program

With our interdisciplinary doctoral programme, you can develop your personal skills and expand your soft skills and competencies. The flexible and modular structure is an ideal complement to your doctorate.

Our offer: make the most of your doctorate!

We will provide you with interdisciplinary key competences and practice-oriented expertise. We offer you basic courses:

  • introductory course
  • project management
  • communication
  • peer-reviewed publishing
  • presenting at scientific conferences

In addition the specialisation section gives you the opportunity to choose your own focus from four fields:

  • work techniques and methodological competence
  • project management skills
  • languages and intercultural skills
  • communicative and social skills

The courses provide an opportunity for professional and interdisciplinary exchange and networking with other participants in the programme. Furthermore, the respective institutes offer training opportunities which facilitate professional support and exchange.




When the engine ignites

Nora Bierwagen joined DLR as a student and is now working on her doctorate at our Reponsive Space Cluster Competence Center in Trauen. There, the 24-y...