The German Aerospace Center DLR has a dual mandate as the national research center for aeronautics and space, and as the space
agency of the German federal government. Approximately 8,000 people work for DLR on a uniquely diverse range of topics spanning
the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security research. They collaborate on projects extending from fundamental
research to the development of the innovative applications and products of the future. If the idea of joining a top-class team of
researchers working in a supportive, inspirational environment appeals to you, then why not launch your mission with us?
For our German Trainee Programme (GTP) in cooperation with ESTEC, Noordwijk, NL, we wish to recruit a
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 1 February 2018
This is your opportunity to join the team at ESTEC, Noordwijk, NL
GTP-2018-TEC-MT - Thermal Engineering
Within the Technical Directorate, the Thermal Division (TEC-MT) is the centre of competence for thermal engineering, covering design, analysis
and verification of manned and unmanned space systems. The Division provides technical support to ESA projects and Concurrent Design Facility
studies and is responsible for the definition and implementation of technology development activities within its domain of competence, covering
passive and active cryogenic cooling, heat transport, heat storage and heat rejection, thermal insulation, thermal protection, thermal analysis
tools and methods, thermal and mechanical verification including testing. The Division is also responsible for maintenance and operation of the
Mechanical Systems Laboratory with a number of test facilities covering thermal cycling in vacuum (from cryogenic to temperatures of 500 degC),
thermal balance test, Coefficient of Thermal Expansion measurements, Multi-Layer Insulation performance measurements, thermal conductivity, vibration testing.
The Division is also responsible for the development of analysis tools and methods for the thermal subsystem including for specific thermal
technologies (e.g. two-phase systems, cryo-coolers) as well as the data exchange with other disciplines (e.g. thermoelastic) and for the
coordination of these tools and technologies within and outside the Agency.
- you will first familiarize yourself with the Agency’s thermal analysis tools - ESATAN-TMS, by preparing simple Geometrical Mathematical Model
(GMM) and Thermal Mathematical Model (TMM) and perform simple analysis. This task will naturally depend on your background and previous experience with these tools
- you will then perform thermal modelling including steady state/transient analyses of instruments, subsystems and complete satellites following familiarisation with project requirements
- you will then use thermal models and perform correlation with either ground test or flight data
- besides working on the thermal analysis of a specific spacecraft, it is also possible to work on methodologies to improve the thermal analysis process,
for example by assessing and prototyping advanced algorithms, working on stochastic methods and optimisation, improving data exchange with other engineering
disciplines. Analysis methods and tools in support of thermal testing can also be investigated, looking at model correlation, error localisation, spatial
and temporal extrapolation of measured temperatures, etc.
Possible subjects for the trainee could be:
- robust TCS design for small satellites
- general thermal design and thermal analysis for TCS and other applications
The basic idea is to involve the trainee as much as possible in on-going, actual projects to learn about the real life of a space thermal engineer and to get as much as possible hands-on experience.
Please apply by 6 September 2017.
If you have any questions concerning specific aspects of the job, please contact Larissa Seidlez email@example.com
Please find further information on this vacancy with the reference number GTP-2018-TEC-MT , and details regarding the
application procedure, at www.DLR.de/dlr/jobs/#23274