Engineer, Computer Scientist IT Security or similar (f/m/x)


PhD position / Scientific activities/projects

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

For our Institute of Communications and Navigation in Oberpfaffenhofen we are looking for

Engineer, Computer Scientist IT Security or similar (f/m/x)

Cybersecurity design for secure communication systems

What to expect:

In the "Cybersecurity Architectures" team of the Communications Systems department, you will be responsible for designing secure systems, networks, and applications in the field of communication and navigation and implementing them as prototypes. Your focus will be on civil aviation, urban air traffic in the form of Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicles (UAV), shipping, rail transport, and general critical infrastructures. As a leading member of our international team, you will focus on layers 2 and 3 of the network model. As the systems and technologies used in aviation are critical infrastructures, cybersecurity is of particular importance here.


You will design new communication protocols as well as identify and eliminate potential security risks and vulnerabilities as part of international projects and collaborations. Together with the "Cybersecurity Architectures" team, you will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and availability of information for communication and navigation systems.


Among other things, you will be working on the development and standardization of a cybersecurity architecture for the future digital aeronautical radio LDACS (L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications System) for communication between air traffic controllers on the ground and pilots in the aircraft. As the technical developments on layers 1 and 2 of LDACS are mainly complete, your task will be to integrate customized cybersecurity solutions into the existing system.


A future extension of LDACS is air-to-air communication, which enables direct digital communication between aircraft in an aeronautical ad hoc network. Information can thus be exchanged over long distances via an aeronautical mesh network, even without ground infrastructure. To test the new communication protocols in practice, DLR enables you to organize measurement campaigns and carry out experiments with the help of DLR research aircrafts. These will allow you to validate and standardize the newly developed communication protocols in the "Cybersecurity Architectures" team. To this end, you will cooperate with international partners from industry and science as well as the ICAO.

What we expect from you:

  • completed scientific university degree (Master's degree/university diploma) in engineering (e.g. computer science, IT security (including cybersecurity), electrical engineering or communications engineering) or other degree programs relevant to the position
  • preferably completed doctorate in one of the above-mentioned fields
  • very good knowledge and many years of professional experience in the field of communication systems, especially for aviation, computer science, IT security, cybersecurity
  • many years of experience in the creation of threat and risk analyses for mobile applications in transport for the development of secure mobility solutions
  • extensive, long-term experience in programming languages and environments
  • sound knowledge and practical experience in project management and project leadership
  • experience in acquiring third-party funding
  • many years of experience in publishing and presenting fundamental research results at international conferences and in journals
  • experience in the supervision and guidance of research assistants, doctoral students, and undergraduates
  • very good command of English (business fluent)

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: 01.09.2024

Duration of contract: 3 years

Type of employment: Full-time (part-time possible)

Remuneration: according to German TVöD 14

Vacancy-ID: 95886


Dr. Stephan Sand Institut für Kommunikation und Navigation 

Tel.: 08153 28 1464

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-09-01
Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen, Bayern
Categories: Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Cyber Security, Engineer, Engineering, IT Security, PhD,


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