Economic engineer, space engineer or similar (f/m/x)


The Institute of Space Systems analyses and evaluates complex space systems from a technical, economic and socio-political perspective. In addition, the Institute develops innovative concepts for space missions with high international visibility.

The Space Segment Systems Analysis Department carries out and develops studies of space systems (orbital, deep space, planetary) at concept level from a technical, economic and socio-political perspective. The studies carried out in the department serve to prepare activities in the field of systems engineering and as a decision-making aid for policy and programme committees. To this end, the department operates the Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF), also known as the Simultaneous Design Laboratory, and the Planetary Infrastructures Laboratory for the development of specialised habitat technologies.

The large-scale research facility CEF is used, among other things, to define missions, analyse them and carry out early design as well as research and development tasks. The activities in the CEF are carried out with a team of multidisciplinary experts and with the involvement of internal and external partner organisations. The concurrent engineering methodology is applied, which extends and at times replaces the conventional systems engineering methodology.

As a system analysis engineer, you will strengthen the group for "Concept Development Satellites and Human Space Flight". Your tasks will be diverse and varied and consist of:

  • research in the fields of "cost analyses of space systems" and "Systems/Concurrent Engineering" for optimised designs, assessments and planning of DLR-internal missions, as well as the critical analysis and evaluation of international space missions in technical and economic terms, including sustainability considerations
  • carrying out system analyses to maintain and expand expertise in the following areas:
    • Cost estimation of spacecraft systems, life-cycle analyses
    • Systems and Concurrent Engineering
    • Development and application of methods for system design and evaluation
  • analysing and designing space system architectures or scenarios from an industry-independent perspective
  • consideration of special aspects of human spaceflight (space capsules, space stations, Moon or Mars stations), e.g. in the interaction of scenarios and socio-economic influences
  • support in the development of models and databases for parameter exchange (e.g. to assess the state of the art, economic efficiency, sustainability)
  • concept design and investigation as well as design optimisation of spacecraft at system and subsystem level
  • expansion of expertise in the field of model-based systems engineering (MBSE)
  • digitalisation in space projects, also in interaction with later project phases
  • participation in Concurrent Engineering studies with expertise at system or subsystem level
  • supporting the further development of the collaborative engineering process in the context of studies, projects and tests, particularly in the area of MBSE and digitalisation
  • documentation and scientific publication of results
  • acquisition of studies and projects
  • supervision of students

Your qualifications:

  • completed university studies (master's degree or diploma, EQF 7) in a STEM field (e.g. economic engineer, space engineer)
  • at least one year of professional experience in space engineering
  • experience in the pre-development of complex systems
  • experience in writing reports and scientific publications
  • knowledge in economic evaluation
  • expertise in the space sector (e.g. in spacecraft design, orbital mechanics, subsystem expertise)
  • knowledge of systems engineering and model-based systems engineering
  • very good knowledge of English (C1 level) and good knowledge of German (B1)
  • experience in analysing and developing future space concepts (technological, systemic, programmatic) is an advantage
  • knowledge in the field of cost estimation desired
  • knowledge in the field of life support systems and human spaceflight desired
  • ideally experience in systems engineering of space projects (at least project phase 0/A and B)
  • ability to coordinate technical issues between subsystem elements is desired
  • ideally experience in at least one of the areas MBSE, MDO, cost estimation or sustainability assessment
  • ideally experience in EU and ESA projects (acquisition and implementation)

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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Location: Germany, Bremen
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