47741: Student Physics, Communications, Optical or Electrical Engineering or similar - Deep-space optical communications – laboratory demonstrator

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Communications and Navigation



Area of research:

Scientific support staff



Job description:


The optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develop experimental laser communication systems for optical data links between airborne carriers such as airplanes or satellites and optical ground stations. The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, mechanics, electronics and programming.


The successful applicant will support our team in the development of a demonstrator for single-photon counting detection of deep-space optical communications applications. Foremost, the student will perform theoretical analysis of the transmission in mission scenario and will scale it down to a laboratory and/or outdoor terrestrial demonstrator. Electrical and optical signal distortion analysis would conclude the analytical part, which shall be followed by experimental work on the laboratory prototype, where the relevant system parametres can be verified. Successful laboratory tests would then qualify the prototype to be tested by the student with the team in an outdoor testbed.


It is an excellent opportunity to work on a cutting edge topic, gain experience on real optical hardware, and improve your engineering skills.


Your tasks:


physical system analysis incl. mission and demonstrator system performance setup of a laboratory demonstrator and performance verification programming of Python or Matlab simulation and measurement tools and scripts

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 47741