Master Thesis – Rain sensor for automotive (f/m/d)

Master Thesis – Rain sensor for automotive (f/m/d)

Befristet, Vollzeit · VILLACH

This master’s thesis focuses on the experimental realization and validation of a photonics-based rain sensor. Cutting-edge technologies are applied to analyze the effects of the interaction of light with raindrops. Based on a novel disdrometer concept a measurement system shall be realized and used for laboratory experiments and measurements in the field together with an external industry partner. 
 Your responsibilities will involve the following activities:
  • Support setting up optical laboratory experiments for precipitation measurements.
  • Implement the automatization of the experiments. 
  • Perform measurement campaigns. 
  • Evaluate the acquired data.
  • Master student (at an EU-University) in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering or similar fields 
  • Self-organized and target-oriented working style
  • Basic experience with electronic laboratory equipment (e.g., oscilloscope)
  • Basic experience in optical measurements
  • Experience in data processing and evaluation
  • Good knowledge in Python 
  • Experience with electronics and micro-controller programming
  • Good oral and written English skills
  • Diverse research activities with many technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment. 
  • Location in the heart of Europe in Austria – relocation support for non-European nationalities.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for career development.
  • Home office in Austria (max. 40%) and work from anywhere in the European Union possible (< 25%).
  • Family & children friendly – actively shaping the compatibility of family and career.
  • “Vital4SAL” to promote a healthy workplace (e.g. SAL coaching pool, trainings on mental health, physical activities, healthy snacks, 24/7 accident insurance)
  • € 4 per day meal allowance in restaurants or € 2 per working day in supermarkets.
  • Our values: 
    Open door policy, flexibility in working hours, casual dress code, diverse teams, working with people of different nationalities, informal communication, lifelong learning, compatibility of family and career, sustainability, personal growth, and collective advancement.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a competitive gross salary of EUR 1.863, paid 14 times a year.

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2026. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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Location: Austria, Villach
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