Electronics Development, Test, and Verification of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

Electronics Development, Test, and Verification of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

Electronics Development, Test, and Verification of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

The Institute of Space Systems in Bremen designs and analyzes future spacecraft and space missions (launchers, orbital and exploration systems, and satellites), and assesses them with regard to their technical performance and cost. It applies state-of-the-art methods of multi-disciplinary engineering in system design and analysis – for example, a computerized system for concurrent design. The Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Department focuses on the capability to analyze, design, develop, implement, simulate, test, and verify attitude and orbit control systems (AOCS) / guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for space applications and their components. This involves a range of disciplines, including requirements management, systems engineering, algorithm development, software implementation, systems analysis/simulation/verification, and hardware-in-the-loop testing. The GNC Systems Department is also conducting research and development of promising and strategic technologies for AOCS and GNC systems.

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for a scientific staff member to conduct the following tasks within the GNC Appliances Research Group:

  • specification, selection, procurement, and incoming inspection of electric and electronic components for GNC systems
  • inspection, startup, and check of electronic components and assemblies
  • planning, fabrication, test, and integration of cable harness and connectors in all development phases
  • integration of components and systems, support of system-level AIV/AIT processes
  • design and further development of electronic circuitries and PCB designs with Altium Designer
  • fabrication of prototypes and support of fabrication of flight hardware
  • support for the development and operation of measurement, experimental, or simulation setups
  • production, technical review, and auditing of scientific and technical documentation
  • derivation and monitoring of requirements for the development processes
  • documentation, presentation, and publication of results
  • supervision of student internships, project and semester reports, and theses
  • commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:

  • successfully completed university degree on master’s level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of electrical engineering, electronics, automation technology, information and communication technology, or similar
  • knowledge about handling, integration, inspection, and verification of electronic components and assemblies using the state-of-the-art measurement technology
  • practical experience with manufacturing and testing of electronic assemblies and cable harness
  • experience with the creation of schematics and PCB designs with Altium Designer, CadSoft EAGLE, or similar
  • fluent in written and spoken English,ideally with work experience abroad
  • conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
  • willingness to domestic and international travels on official Business
  • development of technical systems for space applications according to space-typical norms and standards (e.g. ECSS)is a plus
  • training and/or certifications in the following areas is an asset: manual soldering of high-reliability electrical connections (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-08), repair and modification of electronic assemblies (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-28), high-reliability soldering for surface-mount and mixed technology (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-38), solder-free high-reliability connection technologies like crimp/wire-wrap connections (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-26, ECSS-Q-ST-70-30)
  • experience with version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)is advantageous
  • practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX is a plus
  • ideally scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
  • supervision of student seminar papers and theses is an asset
  • mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
  • experience and successes with acquisition of external funding are advantageous

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 unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.


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