Embedded Software Engineer (m/f/d) | Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications

Einsatzort: Hanover


  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Embedded Software Engineer (m/f/d) | Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications

Stellenangebot vom 30.06.2021

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) invites applications for the position of an

Embedded Software Engineer (m/f/d)
“Scientific Instrumentation for Space Applications”

The applicant will join to a multi-disciplinary team at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute). The AEI is a world-leading research center specializing in gravity, gravitational waves and precision laser interferometry. The institute has locations in Potsdam and in Hanover. For our location in Hanover, the Laser Interferometry in Space group focuses on Gravitational Wave Detection and Earth Gravity Field Observation.

The “Laser Interferometry in Space” group has a significant record of outstanding contributions to the success of the US-German GRACE Follow-On (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission, which has proven the feasibility of Inter-Satellite Laser Ranging Instruments and has demonstrated an unprecedented precision in-flight as well as major contributions to both the LISA Pathfinder and the future LISA mission. Currently, the AEI group is involved in the development of an instrument in the European context for the Next Generation Gravity Mission (NGGM) in order to enable more precise measurements of the Earth´s gravity field, which are crucial for monitoring and understanding climate change.

The AEI is involved together with space agencies and industry partners in the design, construction and testing of an Engineering Model for Laser Ranging Terminals as a core instrument of the NGGM mission.

Your responsibilities

We are seeking an Embedded Software Engineer with proven experience in FPGA programming to support our science team and engineers at the forefront of novel developments. The successful candidate will be responsible for the firmware realization of a Phase Readout Instrument, with special focus on data handling and interfaces (FPGAs, Microprocessors, Memory Control and Peripherals). The applicant will strengthen the team of physicists and coordinate with scientists the verification of the instrument in the test campaigns.

Your profile

A successfully completed university degree (diploma, master) and proven experience as an embedded software engineer is a prerequisite for the application. A PhD degree in physics, software engineering, or in a comparable field is beneficial.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate will have experience with:

  • Design and development of firmware/synthesisable logic in VHDL
  • Software development using C/C++/Python, etc under critical environments like auto-motive, medical or aero-space sectors
  • Tracing the software realization during the life cycle of the instrument (design, implementation, verification, HW integration, maintenance)
  • Documentation of software projects and release control using git
  • Knowledge of space engineering
  • Good communication skills and good command of English
  • Teaching and transferring knowledge to researchers/software developers
  • Efficiently and cooperatively working in a multi-disciplinary team

We offer

Work in an international research environment benefitting from regular interactions with a dedicated project team, as well as the opportunity to benefit from the wide range of expertise at the Albert Einstein Institute.

  • Close collaboration with leading international partners in science, industry and space agencies
  • Full time position with competitive salary according to the pay scale of public services in Germany for Scientists, fully integrated in comprehensive German social security scheme (health insurance, unemployment insurance etc.). Part-time employment can be arranged on request
  • Initial appointment will be for 2 years at the earliest possible date
  • Access to world-class laboratories, workshops and computing facilities
  • Opportunity to participate in our multidisciplinary lectures as well as transferable skills seminars

Your application

As an equal opportunities employer, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) intends to promote women in the field of physics and engineering. For this reason, suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Preference will be given to equally qualified applicants with disabilities.

In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr.-Ing. Juan José Esteban.

Please submit your application including the usual documents (CV incl. letter of motivation, letter(s) of recommendation, university diplomas) by July 31st, 2021 in electronic form (as a single PDF-file).