Physicist, engineer or comparable for satellite navigation (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 for Communication and Navigation in Oberpfaffenhofen we are looking for a

Physicist, engineer or comparable for satellite navigation (f/m/x)

Development of new robust time scales, time transfer and clock concepts for satellite navigation 

What to expect:

The Institute of Communications and Navigation is developing the KEPLER system - the first representative of the third generation of satellite navigation systems and a strong candidate for the next generation of Galileo. A key aspect of such navigation systems is ensuring high-precision time synchronization and time distribution. In KEPLER, novel optical clocks, optical cavities, frequency combs, but also classical atomic clocks are used to achieve a new level of stability and robustness. Optical inter-satellite links are used to achieve high-precision time transmission and synchronization. New concepts for timekeeping, synchronization and transmission need to be developed in order to use the new technologies.

The tasks include in detail:

  • characterization and modeling of new types of clocks, as well as modeling of the measurement channel between satellites based on measurement data
  • development and analysis of efficient technologies for time keeping, time transfer and time scale algorithms for the generation of system times
  • development of demonstration and validation systems as well as verification and validation of newly developed technologies - also in space
  • documentation of development results in the form of technical reports, publications and conference papers
  • collaboration in national/international projects and support in the acquisition of new projects
  • supervision of theses (Master's/Bachelor's; doctorate if applicable) in the subject area and of research assistants

We offer you a very good working atmosphere in a successful research and development group, state-of-the-art equipment and an environment with national and international collaborations. You will work in a team and develop pioneering results to enable new applications of Galileo. In-orbit verification missions will be made possible by you to demonstrate the technological maturity of the developed technologies.

What we expect from you:

  • completed university degree (Master's/Diploma Uni) in engineering (e.g. electrical/information technology, communications engineering, aerospace engineering) or natural sciences (e.g. physics) or other degree programs relevant to the position
  • very good technical knowledge and experience in the field of frequency stability and phase noise determination
  • in-depth technical knowledge and several years of proven professional experience in the field of engineering or physics, especially in time generation, (optical) frequency references or time transfer and synchronization concepts
  • basic knowledge of satellite navigation (GPS, Galileo)
  • programming skills in a higher programming language (LabView, C, Python)
  • experience in the acquisition, planning and management of international projects and project teams
  • experience in publishing scientific research results in scientific journals and presenting at international conferences
  • very good knowledge of English (business fluent)
  • proven knowledge of optical technologies, especially laser systems, is desirable
  • very good knowledge of German is of advantage
  • doctorate in the field of optical technologies, frequency references, time generation or synchronization of clocks is 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: up to German TVöD 14

Vacancy-ID: 96245


Prof. Dr. Michael Meurer Institut für Kommunikation und Navigation 

Tel.: 08153 28 3065

Do not overlook the inclusion of Academic Europe in your application.

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-08-31
Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen, Bayern
Categories: Aerospace Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineer, Information Technology, Physicist, Physics,


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