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Shortly before takeoff in the F-4
Ina Niewind neben einer Transall

Committed to safety – flight test engineer Ina Rüdinger

While pilots at the controls of an F-4F Phantom II or Eurofighter conduct test flights at altitudes of several thousand metres, their ‘client’ stands on the ground below; extremely concentrated, Ina Rüdinger scrutinises the display screens and flight charts, speaks with the pilots and checks altitude, speed and other data. The events ...

Excellent opportunities for pioneers

We want to continue achieving top-level results in the future – and to do this we need the innovation potential of men and women alike. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR), we systematically work on providing every man and woman the best conditions for this. We have been committed to ensuring equal opportunity at work since 1998. DLR has continuously received the ‘Total E-Quality’ accreditation for many years. These awards are an external confirmation of our exemplary, family-friendly and equal opportunity HR policies. The steadily increasing proportion of women in scientific and engineering departments – especially in management positions – is further affirmation of our policy.

Despite all the progress made, we strive to become even better

We want even more highly qualified women to contribute to top-level research in Germany. This is why we support talented female scientists. Individual HR development measures are especially important in this regard. We not only provide communication and management training exclusively for women, but also an internal mentoring and talent management programme. Moreover, we contribute actively to the ‘Helmholtz Advance’ mentoring programme of the Helmholtz Association, with which DLR is affiliated.

A major challenge often faced by young professionals is reconciling their professional and private lives. DLR provides many support services in this respect: in addition to an internal family guidance office, our external cooperation partner offers comprehensive services for all matters relating to childcare and dependent family members. DLR also has numerous flexible work-time models, including flexitime, part-time, alternating teleworking and even mobile work. Work with us to tailor your (work) day to best suit you and your tasks.


Patricia Femppel
Diversity Management


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Phone: +49 2203 601-3499

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