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German Trainee Programme (GTP) Masters Optoelectronics, Optics or Physics

  • Veröffentlicht am 07.08.2018
  • Noordwijk
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German Trainee Programme (GTP) Masters Optoelectronics, Optics or Physics

Start your mission with DLR. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre and the space agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Here, 8000 employees work together on a unique variety of topics in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. Their missions range from basic research to the development of innovative applications and products for tomorrow. Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels, who fully achieve their potential in an inspiring environment. Launch your mission with us. For our German Trainee Programme (GTP) in cooperation with ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands, we wish to recruit a qualified Masters Optoelectronics, Optics or Physics Scientific Detector Characterisation (SCI-FIV) Your mission: Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 22 member states of ESA – keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 1st February 2019.

The Future Missions Department (SCI-F) of ESA's Directorate of Science is in charge of mission preparation activities (system definition studies Phases 0/A/B1 and technology developments) and of small missions implementation in the Science Directorate (D/SCI).
The Payload Technology Validation Section (SCI-FIV) is in charge of specific mission oriented payload technology validation activities, for science missions, aiming at reducing development risks in the implementation phase. The section also provides general support for specific validation activities, for missions under development or during operations. One of the main activities of the section is to validate payload instrument detector and detector readout electronic performances. The technology validation activities are currently focused on detectors and electronics, typically for astronomy mission payloads.

The support provided by SCI-FIV occurs at different phases of an ESA science mission:
  • during the early precursor technology development (e.g. European Near-Infrared detection systems)
  • in the assessment/definition phase (e.g. ARIEL, SMILE)
  • in the project implementation phase (e.g. Euclid, CHEOPS, PLATO)
  • in the mission operations phase (e.g. GAIA)
Each technology validation activity typically encompasses the following tasks:
  • definition of activity: interaction with the customer (e.g. study, project or operations team, or scientist)
  • for requirements specification, test plan definition and implementation schedule
  • design of the validation setup (generally by tailoring existing set-ups to the need)
  • commissioning and characterization of the test set-up
  • execution of the tests according to the test plan
  • data analysis in collaboration with other sections and reporting

You will join the section’s activities in support of the PLATO mission with a particular emphasis on supporting the ongoing evaluation of the CCD detectors.

Tasks: Your PLATO specific tasks will include

  • participate in the PLATO CCD validation activities at ESA (experiments in the laboratory, test data analysis, detector and instrument performance simulations)
  • processing and analysis of test data including modelling: in particular trap pumping for irradiated device, and detector Point Spread Function measurement
  • detector characterisation in the laboratory for on-request PLATO CCD measurement campaigns
  • support project performance assessment activities affected by CCD contributions (e.g. Charge Transfer Inefficiency, brighter-fatter effects, etc.)
  • presentation and discussion of results to stakeholders

In addition you will have the opportunity for learning about other science missions, the mission design and development, process, science mission payloads and their enabling technologies.

Your qualifications:

  • applicants should have just completed, or be in their final year of a University degree at Masters or higher Level in optoelectronics, optics and or solid-state/semiconductor physics
  • knowledge of programming (preferably in Python) and simulation
  • hands-on experience with detector characterisation is considered a plus
  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary
  • applicants should have just completed (conclusion not older than two years) or be in their final year of a university degree at Master’s or higher level in a technical or scientific discipline
  • candidates must be fluent in English or French, the official languages of the Agency

Your start:

We look forward to your e-mail application in English, citing GTP-2019-SCI-FIV to Closing date for this position is 6th September 2018. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for week 45/2018. Please visit the German Trainee Programme page for details of our application procedures. Your application should consist of a motivation letter and your CV only (CV exclusively in Europass format). Unfortunately we cannot consider further documents. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa Seidlez:


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