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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

Master in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanisms Engineering

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 1 February 2018.

This is your opportunity to join the team at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
GTP-2018-TEC-MSM - Mechanisms Engineer

The Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division (TEC-MS) is the centre of competence of the Agency in all areas related to spacecraft and launcher structures, mechanisms and materials, encompassing spacecraft and launcher lightweight structures, stable structures, advanced mechanical materials applications, structural dynamics, damage tolerance, deployable structures/booms, active structures, hold-down and release devices, electrical motors for space mechanisms, launcher and re-entry vehicle, hot- and cold structures, landing attenuation systems, seals, valves, parachute systems, separation systems, solar array drive mechanisms, reaction wheels, pointing mechanisms, pyrotechnics, bearings and tribology aspects. It provides support to projects, preparatory programs and technology programs.

Within this frame, the Mechanism Section (TEC-MSM) is the focal point for matters relating to the design, engineering and verification of space mechanisms. This entails in particular responsibility for:

  • overall mechanisms definition, design and engineering
  • mechanisms performance evaluation and analysis (including hardware tests where appropriate)
  • mechanisms technology research and development (addressing areas like tribology/lubrication engineering, mechanical components as for instance ball bearings & gears, electric motors, motion sensors, pyrotechnics, new/alternative actuation principles e.g. by using active/smart materials, ...)
  • mechanisms drive and control laws
  • mechanisms operation/performance modelling and simulation

The Trainee will participate in the conceptual design, analysis and development of mechanisms for use in space projects. In assistance to ESA engineers working in this domain, the holder of the training position will be given a specific task which may include:

1. critical review of design / analysis / optimisation / test activities and simulation / characterisation / validation (up to the correlation of analysis with test results) in the domain of space mechanisms, using software packages like MATLAB/Simulink® or other, more specialised software tools (FLUX, ANSYS Maxwell, COMSOL, ADAMS, D-Cap etc.), with particular emphasis on:
1. Frequency domain performance representation
2. Multi-Body system simulation
3. Electromagnetic system simulation
4. Ball bearing loading/strength & stiffness analysis
5. Multiphysics modelling and simulation
2. feasibility assessment of new mechanisms design concepts
3. review and analysis of design solutions for mechanisms, and participation in the ESA project review process
4. participation in CDF (Concurrent Design Facility) studies
5. participation in the definition and implementation of R&D activities related to space mechanisms

Please apply by 6 September 2017.

Your qualifications:
  • applicants should have just completed, or be in their final year of a University course at Masters Level (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, and have therefore a good understanding of tribology, Ball bearing, motor and motion sensor technologies.
  • a good grasp of system aspects and a good understanding of other engineering domains are desirable, e.g., electronics, structures, materials, control systems, etc. Proficiency in the use of engineering software tools is an asset
  • applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary
  • applicants must be fluent in English and/or French, the working languages of the Agency. A good proficiency in English is required

Your benefits:
If you have any questions concerning specific aspects of the job, please contact Larissa Seidlez Please find further information on this vacancy with the reference number GTP-2018-TEC-MSM , and details regarding the application procedure, at

Bewerbungsschluss: 06.09.2017