60720: Physicist, Engineer or similar (f/m/x) - Development of optical instruments and remote sensing techniques for vision enhancement in maritime environments

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Bremerhaven, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts


Job description:

The safety and security of critical infrastructures is an essential foundation for the economic prosperity and stability of governments and societies. The Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures focuses on this challenge and develops new concepts, approaches and technologies that may be used to analyse and enhance the safety and security of maritime infrastructures regarding people, technologies and systems.
The Department of Maritime Security Technologies addresses technological aspects that are essential for innovative system concepts aiming to increase the protection status of maritime infrastructures. In particular, this includes the development and testing of active optical sensors and remote sensing techniques for vision enhancement, predominantly at night and under difficult visibility conditions (e.g., snow, fog and rain).

The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary research field, focusing on the development of active optical sensors and remote sensing techniques for use in maritime environments. The work addresses in particular emitting and receiving (collecting) optical components as well as sensor electronics, and offers plenty of space for creativity and own ideas in order to improve existing sensors/technologies and methods and investigate and develop new ones. An essential skill of this work is experience in the field of laser physics. The successful candidate will organise and conduct field campaigns, and will work closely together with colleagues from partner groups, who e.g. develop AI-based detection algorithms for our sensors. He/she likes to work in application-driven research and addresses for example even regulatory questions in order to adapt and bring our sensor developments on different platforms. In addition, the successful candidate does not hesitate to take over duties in third-party funded projects. The option to perform a PhD study in the context of this work can be evaluated.

The position includes the following principal activities:

  • development of optical sensor systems and remote sensing techniques for both above the water and underwater applications
  • simulation of optical sensor properties and corresponding laboratory experiments
  • preparation, conduct, and analysis of field trials (also at sea) and campaigns to test and verify developed sensors and methods
  • participation in third-party funded projects (incl. taking over duties like communication with internal and external partners, writing status reports, etc.)
  • interdisciplinary teamwork with other groups (internal and external)
  • publication of research results in journals and at national and international conference

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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Quote Reference: 15157801