Aerospace, mechanical, mechatronics engineer or similar (f/m/x)


You will do research on smart aircraft interior structures capable of reducing cabin noise with a minimum of weight. This will contribute to a more sustainable aviation in the future. The main objective of your thesis is the development of active noise control for aircraft interior parts to counteract noise close to the passengers. Key features of such an active component are the structure-based sensing scheme and the modularity. The structure-based modular concept avoids the distribution of microphones in the cabin and permits each active interior part to act independently and decentralized. The active component is also able to emit useful sound (e.g. passenger announcement) or improve sound quality through noise masking or psychoacoustic features.

Your mission is to develop a modular and robust aircraft interior part with active noise reduction capability. Major intermediate results for the development of such a part are the selection of a suitable structure-based sensing scheme, the optimization of actuators and sensors, the design and implementation of a controller and the structural integration of the active components. Each active part will contribute to the reduction of noise in a neighboring region of the cabin and their assembly will facilitate a global reduction in a dedicated section of the aircraft or even in the whole cabin.

You will work in the Smart Structures Department of the DLR-Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems in Braunschweig Germany. At the same time, you will be enrolled as PhD student at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg at the chair of Adaptronics of Professor Hans Peter Monner who is also head of the Smart Structures Department of DLR. You will be supervised by very experienced post-doc researchers of the Department and you will be fully integrated into the vibro-acoustics team of the Department.

In addition to your scientific project, you will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondments (internships), a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

You will spend three secondment periods at our project partners Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and Müller-BBM Active Sound Technology GmbH (Germany) for a duration of three months for each secondment. During your secondment, your will receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organization. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to other organizations during your contract.

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  • completed scientific university master’s degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics engineering or comparable
  • knowledge in structural dynamics, control theory and signal processing
  • very good English language skills (spoken and written)
  • ideally knowledge in acoustics and vibro-acoustics
  • ideally knowledge in MATLAB and Simulink
  • highly motivated and creative person with independent way of working

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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Deadline: 2023-03-31
Location: Germany, Braunschweig
Categories: Aerospace Engineering, Control Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, PhD, Process Engineering, Structural Dynamic,


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