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     Date Submitted:18-06-2011
     Last Modified:17-07-2011 (12:57)
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     Current job:Master's Thesis Student
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsLooking for a job as OBDH Software Developer, Spacecraft Operator or Assembly Integration Testing (AIT) Engineer in (southern) Germany.
    Date of Birth: 22 August 1986
    Nationality: Austrian
    Fluent in: German (native)
    English (TOEFL IBT: 112/120, Cambridge BEC Vantage)
    Since 2009 Master of Science (MSc) in Industrial IT 
    International Master's program in Industrial Information Technology
    (, conducted by Aalborg University, Denmark
    Halmstad University, Sweden
    Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
    Expected to finish by Autumn 2011
    Master's Thesis is being done at EADS Astrium GmbH in Friedrichshafen
    2008 – 2009 Bachelor's Thesis 
    Written at FH Joanneum, in partnership with the Austrian Space Forum:  On Board Data Handling Framework and Remote Operation and Control Center for a Mars Rover Prototype
    Spring 2008 Erasmus Semester 
    Voluntarily, as part of the Bachelor's program, one semester in Belgium at Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, University College
    2006 – 2009 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Engineering
    Bachelor's Degree Program „Software Design“ (180 ECTS) at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences; Passed with distinction
    2001 – 2006 High school diploma / A-Levels
    HTBLA Kaindorf a.d. Sulm, Department for Electronic Data Processing and Organization; Passed with distinction
    Work Experience
    Since 2010 Master's Thesis at EADS Astrium GmbH in Friedrichshafen, Germany
    Title: "Research on New Approaches Regarding Middleware Designs for Spacecraft Software". The thesis is conducted as part of studies for future spacecraft software, new paradigms for on-board middleware architectures should be researched and evaluated.
    2010 Project work for Master's course in Lemgo, Germany
    Title: “Prototype Implementation of a Control Loop for Industrial Applications using AUTOSAR and Profinet”. Doing research and conducting experiments on the usage of the AUTOSAR software framework in automation. AUTOSAR provides a middleware usually used on control units in cars and was adapted for industrial applications in the course of this project.
    2010 Student research assistant at OWL Univ. of Applied Sciences in Lemgo, Germany
    Working at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences at the Institute for Industrial IT ( on the “InITial” research project that deals with model based design and operation of complex automation systems. Doing research work on automated generation of system state machines based on bus traffic ana­lysis, which can be used for system analysis and error diagnosis. 
    2009 Volunteer work for White Label Space (GLXP-Team)
    Working on data handling concepts and payload configurations for a Google Lunar X-Prize Mission. 
    2009 Internship at AOES Group B.V. in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
    I was working on the ExoGeoLab project of ESA, which is a pilot project for future robotic Mars/Moon explorations: payload experiments on a lunar lander mockup, rover prototyping and egress scenarios, mechanical design and prototyping, development of simulation scenarios, payload configurations and infrastructures.
    Since 2008 Volunteer work for the Austrian Space Forum
    Software development for a rover prototype (on-board as well as remote opera­tions, part of thesis project), stratospheric balloon payload (embedded system, writ­ing software for controlling environmental sensors), review team for communica­tion interfaces between a rover and a planetary suit prototype, 
    2007 – 2010 Freelancer in software development
    2005, 2006 Internships at Holz Her - Special Machines GmbH in Voitsberg, Austria
    I did software development during summer internships. I developed applications for translating language-files in C++/Qt, designing a tool chain for automated ma­chine instantiation, configuration customization and backup/recovery. 
    2001 – 2004 Teaching at computer summer camps in Hirschegg/Salzstiegl, Austria
    Trainer at computer summer camps for teenagers, teaching courses in Visual Basic, Linux, Hardware, Image Processing, Borland Delphi, ...
    Professional Skills
    Software and Systems Engineering:
    Familiar with standard software development models, UML and SysML, design patterns
    University courses in critical systems, project management and system modeling and simulation (some practical experience with Modelica)
    Experience with middleware architectures (e.g. AUTOSAR  and research during thesis)
    Software Development:
    Mainly using Java, C/C++/Qt, Python, used to UNIX development environments
    Worked on projects in various fields: standalone applications, remote client/server architectures, distributed environments and web applications (J2EE), projects involving 3D engines and computer graphics, projects related to concepts of operating systems (e.g. Bachelor's thesis)
    Experience with low level communications: serial interface communication with various devices, some university projects dealing with I2C bus communication and Linux kernel module development 
    Experience with database architecture design and refactoring
    Experience with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and MS SQL Server and others
    Thorough understanding of networks and security (through university, various projects and CCNA courses)
    Basic knowledge and experience with 3D-CAD in CATIA
    University courses in electronics, communication for distributed systems and economics
    (1) ILEWG Eifel 2009 Campaign: Astronaut Extravehicular Surface/Subsurface Activities and Human Aspects
    41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2010), as co-author 
    (2) ExoGeoLab Lander, Rovers & Instruments: Tests at ESTEC & Eifel Volcanic Field
    41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2010), as co-author
    (3) Fighting the Modeling Bottleneck – Learning Models for Production Plants
    MBEES - Model-Based Development of Embedded Systems, Dagstuhl (2011), as co-author
    Traveling, photography, reading, cycling, 
    playing guitar, programming, volunteer in space projects

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