Engineer Embedded Software Engineering, Aerospace Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar


The Institute of Space Systems in Bremen designs and analyzes future spacecraft and space missions (launchers, orbital and exploration systems, and satellites), and assesses them with regard to their technical performance and cost. It applies state-of-the-art methods of multi-disciplinary engineering in system design and analysis – for example, a computerized system for concurrent design. The Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Department focuses on the capability to analyze, design, develop, implement, simulate, test, and verify attitude and orbit control systems (AOCS) / guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for space applications and their components. This involves a range of disciplines, including requirements management, systems engineering, algorithm development, software implementation, systems analysis/simulation/verification, and hardware-in-the-loop testing. The GNC Systems Department is also conducting research and development of promising and strategic technologies for AOCS and GNC systems.

The research and development activities of the include conception, development, implementation, simulation, testing, and verification of GNC systems for space applications. This also includes system and simulation technology for the entire development cycle of GNC applications, as well as the aspects of high availability and high reliability of systems. The department also operates laboratories and facilities for testing and verifying GNC systems.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks:

  • planning and drafting of software architectures for embedded systems
  • programming of flight-critical and non-flight-critical software for embedded systems in C/C++
  • implementation of algorithms in the domains of guidance, navigation, and control in software
  • adaption of existing software to new hardware, operating systems, and frameworks
  • run-time optimization of existing software and algorithms
  • test, validation, and verification of the developed software
  • planning, creation, establishment, and auditing of quality assurance measures and tools for software development (compliance to international software development standards, bug tracking, internal programming standards, test strategies and frameworks, code analyses and reviews, etc.)
  • support for the execution of Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), Processor-in-the-Loop (PiL), and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) tests of GNC systems
  • production, technical review, and auditing of scientific and technical documentation
  • documentation, presentation, and publication of results
  • commitment to department activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:

  • successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of embedded software engineering, aerospace/space computer science, computer engineering, or similar
  • very good programming skills in C and C++ for safety-critical embedded systems
  • excellent knowledge of the software development process for embedded systems (cross-compiling toolchains, debugging, profiling, etc.)
  • profound knowledge of common hard- and software architectures of embedded systems and real-time operating systems (e.g., RTEMS, FreeRTOS, QNX, Rodos)
  • experience with modelling software, e.g. using UML, as well as in-code documentation along the software development (e.g. with Doxygen)
  • experience with using development tools like GitHub, GitLab, JIRA, Mantis, Jenkins, etc.
  • profound knowledge about quality assurance measures and tools for software engineering
  • professional utilization of Linux operating systems and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)
  • fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
  • conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export-controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
  • willingness to domestic and international travels on official business
  • several years of professional experience with the development of embedded software with larger teams desirable
  • ideally model-based software development/generation (e.g. using MATLAB/Simulink with MATLAB/Simulink Coder and Embedded Coder)
  • ideally application and tailoring of international standards for software engineering in the context of aerospace and space systems (e.g., DO-178, DO-330, DO-331, ECSS-E-ST-40)
  • application and adoption of coding guidelines (like MISRA-C/MISRA-C++, JPL C Coding Standard, CERT C++, etc.) desirable
  • static and dynamic software analysis methods are a plus
  • hardware-oriented programming of software in Assembler, driver programming advantageous
  • practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX is of advantage
  • ideally scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
  • supervision of student seminar papers and theses is a plus
  • mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
  • experience and successes with acquisition of external funding are advantageous

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.

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2023-04-16
Location: Germany, Bremen
Categories: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Embedded Systems, Engineer, Engineering, Software Engineering,


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