IT Network Engineer (f/m/x)

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 facility Space Operations and Astronaut Training in Köln we are looking for an

IT Network Engineer (f/m/x)

Planning and implementation of the LUNA Groundsegment

What to expect:

On the site of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, DLR is building a facility called LUNA for the development and simulation of future Earth's moon space missions in a joint project with ESA. In addition to basic astronautical and robotic missions, the objective is to prepare united and autonomous lunar operations. The outfitting elements of LUNA are provided by various DLR institutes and ESA departments, but only their joint utilization enables the realization of planned mission scenarios and test campaigns. For this purpose, all components and units are connected to an IT ground segment based on space mission standards that is operated by mission teams in Cologne and Oberpfaffenhofen.

At Cologne-Porz, an operator team of the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) manages and runs the LUNA control center.

The focus of the work is on the implementation, verification and long-term operation of the MUSC IT ground infrastructure of LUNA, which is planned, realized and deployed together with the LUNA IT team at Oberpfaffenhofen. In addition, an internal MUSC ground segment is to be planned, implemented and finally put into operation: it is used for simulation and operations preparation and is the MUSC contribution to the LUNA project.

Hybrid working is possible after consultation and depending on project requirements.

Your job includes the following tasks:

  • planning, integration and verification of IT systems such as network components, firewalls, virtual systems, servers, and clients
  • ensuring the availability of IT systems by regularly verifying and monitoring IT systems, troubleshooting and carrying out resolution of issues on your own
  • monitoring data streams for the purpose of error detection and error correction
  • configuration and verification of mission control systems (telemetry/telecommanding)
  • participation in coordination and mission meetings with international partners
  • ongoing adaptation and improvement of IT security measures and systems
  • supporting the operations engineers at the consoles during operational mission phases and validation tests, and diagnosing/resolving issues
  • continuous renewal of hardware and software as part of obsolescence management
  • maintenance and further development of an issue tracking system
  • documentation of IT systems and processes

What we expect from you:

  • Master's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a comparable degree programme
  • practical and detailed experience in the configuration and administration of server and client systems, both for Linux and Windows systems
  • practical and extensive knowledge in the areas of networks, virtual networks, network protocols, network components and firewall systems
  • practical and extensive knowledge of virtualization (VMware preferred)
  • extensive knowledge and awareness of IT and network security are of advantage
  • good shell and Python programming experience is desirable
  • flexibility, resilience, team-orientation and the ability to work under time pressure are of advantage
  • good English language skills are desirable

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: immediately

Duration of contract: 3 years

Type of employment: Full time (part time possible)

Remuneration: Depending on qualifications and assignment of tasks up to pay group 13

Vacancy-ID: 95994


Daniel May Raumflugbetrieb- und Astronautentraining 

Tel.: 02203 601 3870

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-09-08
Location: Germany, Köln, Nordrhein Westfalen
Categories: Computer Communications (Networks), Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, IT Systeme,


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