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SpaceX reiterated at a congressional hearing Jan. 17 that its Falcon 9 rocket performed as expected on its most recent launch, despite swirling questions about the potential failure of the classified Zuma mission.
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     Date Submitted:24-09-2013
     Last Modified:11-12-2014 (07:39)
    Job information
     Current job:Quality Assurance Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsAerospace engineer, propulsion, electric propulsion, test engineer, plasma physics, Quality



    2010 - present

    Ph.D. Thesis

    Completed in the electric propulsion team at the  "Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement" (ICARE) at the "Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique" (CNRS) Orléans in Francewith the topic "Investigation of Magnetized Radio Frequency Plasma Sources for Electric Space Propulsion." Research included the construction of a vacuum chamber for experiments with electric propulsion, the integration and experiments with the PEGASES gridded ion thruster.



    Graduated from the Universityof Stuttgartas "Dipl. Ing. Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik" with a specialization in space systems and thermodynamics.

    Equivalent to a Master's degree in aerospace engineering.


    Diploma Thesis                 Duration: 6 months

    Completed at ICARE of CNRS Orléans in Francefor the "Insitut für Raumfahrsysteme" (IRS) of the Universityof Stuttgart, in the field of electrical space propulsion with the topic "Investigation of Ion-Ion Plasmas for Electrical Space Propulsion."


    Student Research Project               Duration: 6 months

    Carried out at the "Institut für Thermodynamik der Luft- und Raumfahrt "(ITLR) at the University in Stuttgartin thermodynamics, with the topic "Construction and Experimental Investigation of a Frozen Endwall in a 180° Bend of a 2-Pass Cooling Channel"



    Professional History


    2002 - 2003


    Metal Worker        Duration: 8 months

    Worked part time in the area of construction and structural steel work in the family company Gerst Metallbau GmbH in Niedernhall, Germany. Gained competence in metal active gas welding and tungsten inert gas welding as well as construction and assembly of large steel structures.

    2001 - 2002

    Social Service            Duration: 10 months

    Worked in social services in the general hospital in Künzelsau, Germany


    International Experience


    2010 - present


    Ph.D. thesis in Orléans.



    Diploma thesis over the duration of 6 months in Orléans, France.



    Completed a 2 month internship at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) in Moscow, Russia.

    2002 - 2003

    Canada, New Zealand, Australia

    Backpacked through Canada, New Zealandand Australiafor 8 months.

    Workshops and internships



    Scientific Workshop

    Participated in the 3rd Workshop on Radio Frequency Discharges in Dublin.


    Engineering & Project Design Summer School

    Participated in the Summer School Alpbach with the topic "Star formation across the universe." organized by ESA.


    Scientific Summer School

    Participated in the 15th European Summer School "Low Temperature Plasma Physics: Basics and Applications" in Bad Honnef, Germany.


    Internship                Duration: 4 months

    Completed at the "Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik"(DLR) in Lampoldshausen with the topic: "Optical flame and flow analysis near the injector of a high pressure LOX/Ch3 rocket combustion chamber with different injector types."


    Internship         Duration: 2 months

    Carried out at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) in Russia with the topic: "Asteroid danger and space debris."

    Computer Skills


    Operating Systems:                  Windows, Linux

    Programming Languages:       C++, Fortran90, Labview, Basic, Pascal, Html

    CAD Programs:                       CATIA, Solid Edge, Solid Works, Pro/ENGINEER

    Data Treatment Systems:          Origin, Matlab, Tecplot 360, Excel

    Software Tools:                                   Latex, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Corel Draw, Inkscape



    German           (native)

    English            (fluent)

    French            (fluent)

    Russian           (basic)

    Spanish           (basic)

    Peer-Reviewed Publications


    Peer reviewed articles:

    • D. Gerst, M. Cirisan, S.  Mazouffre, “Strip-like structure in a low-pressure magnetized RF discharge.” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 2011
    • D. Gerst, S. Cuynet, M. Cirisan, S. Mazouffre, “Plasma drift in a low-pressure magnetized radio frequency discharge”, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol., 2013


                Published 5 conference articles on international conferences.

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