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     Date Submitted:25-07-2022
     Last Modified:26-07-2022 (08:26)
    Job information
     Current job:Head of GNC Appliances Group
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordssystems engineering (system design, product realization, technical management); MiL/SiL/PiL/HiL (real-time) simulation & verification; (model-based) software engineering; safety-critical embedded systems development; lab setups and software toolchains for

    Profile Summary

    • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Computer Science and Communication Systems; Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Mechatronics, Industrial and Physics Technology
    • 10+ years of professional experience in space systems engineering, research & development with a focus on Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) systems in international project contexts with globally distributed teams of engineers and scientists with medium to large team sizes (up to 200 team members)
        – main fields of work and expertise: systems engineering (system design, product realization, technical management); MiL/SiL/PiL/HiL (real-time) simulation & verification; (model-based) software engineering; safety-critical embedded systems development; lab setups and software toolchains for development and verification
        – familiar with associated civil and military norms & standards as well as legal frameworks
        – strong affinity to technical documentation
    • 8+ years of technical and administrative management experience of interdisciplinary, multinational, geographically distributed teams of engineers and scientists in varying team sizes (3–25 persons)
        – held overall technical and scientific responsibility as well as partial budget, schedule, and staff responsibility
        – product owner, subsystem manager, technical manager, and systems engineer roles in the context of the development of complex, safety- and mission-critical avionics systems for space applications in various projects
        – prepared and supported several hundreds of public procurement processes, including national and international tendering processes
    • 20+ years experience in planning, implementation, and operation of IT infrastructure and services

    Professional Experience

    since May 21, 2012

    Research Group Leader (since January 1, 2014)
    and Research Engineer

    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Institute of Space Systems
    Department of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems
    Bremen, Germany


    Head of GNC Appliances Group (since January 1, 2014)
    Technical and administrative management of a research group (permanently established organizational unit) consisting of 5 team members with the main focus on holistic research, design, development, simulation, implementation, test, and verification
    of Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) appliances for space applications.
        – responsible and independent professional representation of the whole subject area “GNC Appliances” for the entire department, both internally and externally
        – overall technical and scientific responsibility for all group activities
        – partial disciplinary management responsibilities towards employees: goal agreements; appraisal interviews; business travel permits; holiday/flextime permits; right to make suggestions for further training measures; involvement in hiring processes (job descriptions, requirements for applicants, selection of candidates); right to have a say in decision processes to extend or terminate employment contracts and the payment of allowances/bonuses
        – planning and assignment of tasks to individual team members
        – coordination and monitoring of the implementation of research and development projects and tasks; assumption of overall professional responsibility for all project and work package managers within the group
        – planning of professional development of the research group
        – independent initiation, preparation, and planning of new research projects and projects with national and international partners in science and industry
        – representation and responsibility for scientific results internally and externally
        – coordination of knowledge management
        – ensuring occupational health and safety in the area of responsibility

    Deputy Head of the GNC Systems Department (ex officio since January 1, 2014)

    Head of the Hardware-in-the-Loop Technology Laboratory (since February 14, 2014)
    Laboratory for developing and testing GNC sensors, electronics, hardware, and embedded software in distributed real-time simulations.

    Deputy Head of the GPS/INS Test & Verification Facility (Dec. 1, 2014 to Feb. 29, 2016)
    Facility for test and verification of GPS and inertial navigation sensors; equipped with a 3-axis rotation table, thermal chamber, and an L1/L2/L5 GPS constellation simulator.

    Department IT Manager (since June 7, 2013)

    Fields of Work and Expertise:
    systems engineering; simulation & verification of GNC appliances; software engineering for GNC systems; embedded systems development; real-time data acquisition and handling; distributed reliable systems design; reliability and fault tolerance; model-based design, code generation, and verification; lab setups and software toolchains for development and verification; IT infrastructure planning and administration

    Professional & General Competencies

    Development Methods & Tools

    • embedded C/C++ software development using (cross-)compiler toolchains based on GCC on Linux and Windows (Cygwin, MinGW) systems
    • version control of source code, documentation, and other data using Git and Subversion (SVN), both on CLI and using graphical interfaces such as TortoiseSVN/TortoiseGit
    • collaborative development and management of source code, documentation, and other versioned data with GitLab and GitHub
    • extensive use of collaboration tools such as Confluence, Jira, Mattermost, SharePoint
    • software development automation using Jenkins and GitLab CI
    • model-based C/C++ code generation using MATLAB/Simulink/Embedded Coder
    • implementation of real-time software on RTEMS, FreeRTOS, and µC/OS-II RTOSs
    • technical documentation writing with LaTeX (XeLaTeX, LuaLaTeX) utilizing MiKTeX and TeX Live on Windows and Linux systems; in-code documentation with Doxygen
    • real-time simulations (PiL and HiL) with dSPACE SCALEXIO and PHS real-time simulation platforms and dSPACE ConfigurationDesk/ControlDesk
    • static C/C++ code analyses using MathWorks Polyspace Bug Finder and Code Prover
    • software architecture modeling with UML and Enterprise Architect
    • requirements management with DOORS Classic & Next Generation, among others
    • tailoring of relevant civil and military norms & standards to specific applications
    • establishment of verification programs with the definition of associated verification methods, planning, tools, control methodology, documentation as well as verification management and organization based on ECSS-E-ST-10-02C

    Programming/Scripting Languages Basic, C, C++, C#, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, , Lua, Mathematica, (Embedded) MATLAB, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, R, XML
    Norms & Standards

    • ECSS standards for verification (E-ST-10-02C), testing (E-ST-10-03C), systems engineering & requirements management (E-ST-10C, E-ST-10-06C), project lifecycle management (M-ST-10C), software engineering (E-ST-40C, Q-ST-80C), AOCS/GNC (E-ST-60-30C), dependability (Q-ST-30C), safety (Q-ST-40C)
    • DO-178/254/330/331/332 for safety-critical software engineering and avionics development for aerospace applications
    • IEC 60812/61025 and ECSS-Q-ST-30-02C for FMEA/FMECA/FTA for technical risk management and reliability & dependability engineering
    • various IEEE standards in the context of software engineering and inertial sensors
    • MIL-STD-810 for environmental qualification of U. S. military equipment
    • various NASA standards and handbooks for verification and systems engineering
    • CCSDS standards for Space Packet Protocol and XTCE
    • MISRA-C/MISRA-C++ as coding guidelines for C/C++ programming

    Project & Technical Management

    • used traditional (waterfall, V model) and agile methods for project management
    • held product owner, subsystem manager, and technical manager roles in various projects: responsibility for coordination of engineering teams; completion of work on budget and schedule; compliance to technical and legal requirements; management of stakeholder expectations; fulfillment of quality, reliability, and safety objectives; risk management
    • prepared and supported several hundreds of public procurement processes, including national and international tendering processes, with a cumulative order value of several million euros with responsibility for the statement of work definition, technical specification definition, supplier selection, acceptance of deliverables, and supervision in technical officer role throughout the entire procurement process
    • knowledge of relevant German, European, and international legal regulations such as AWG, AWV, KrWaffKontrG, Regulation (EU) 2021/821 (EU Dual Use Regulation), Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 (CE Marking), Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS), Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), EAR, ITAR

    Systems Engineering

    • held systems engineering roles in the context of the development of complex, safety- and mission-critical avionics systems for space applications in various projects; responsibilities:
        – system design: stakeholder expectations definition; technical requirements elicitation; logical/functional system decomposition; design solution definition & trade-offs
        – product realization: product implementation; product integration; product verification; product validation
        – technical management: technical planning; requirements management; interface management; technical risk management; configuration management; change management; technical data management; technical assessment; decision analyses

    IT Competencies

    • extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience with planning, implementation, administration, and operation of IT infrastructure and services
        – administration of servers and clients based on Linux (mainly Ubuntu and Debian) and Windows, manually and with automated system configuration management tools such as Puppet
        – virtualization with classical (VMware vSphere & ESXi, VirtualBox, VMware Workstation) and container-based (Docker) approaches
        – setup and operation of web servers with Apache and PHP; MySQL, PostgreSQL, and IBM Db2 database servers; e-mail servers with Postfix and Dovecot; DNS servers with BIND; DHCP servers with ISC DHCP; SVN servers; SMB/CIFS file servers with Samba; Docker container registries with VMware Harbor
        – installation and administration of various web applications, among others: Confluence, DOORS Next Generation, Etherpad, Gitea, GitLab, ILIAS, Matomo (formerly Piwik), MediaWiki, Nextcloud, Overleaf (formerly ShareLaTeX), Owncloud, phpMyAdmin, Roundcube, WordPress
        – setup and operation of computer networks utilizing Cisco equipment with IOS (XE)
        – planning and administration of network firewalls based on pfSense & OPNsense
        – setup and operation of Synology iSCSI NAS systems in high availability settings
        – IT infrastructure monitoring with Zabbix

    • conception and programming of own software, contributions to several open source projects (e. g. Drupal CMS, Mozilla Firefox)

    • developed own software to support professional activities in space engineering, e. g., in the domains of requirements management, verification control, automated documentation

    Software Coding & Software Engineering:
    Cygwin, Docker, Eclipse, Enterprise Architect, GCC, GDB, Oxygen XML Editor, Polyspace Bug Finder & Code Prover, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code

    Documentation, Illustration, and Publishing:
    Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop, Affinity Designer & Photo, Doxygen, GIMP, Inkscape, XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX (MiKTeX and TeX Live), LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, pandoc

    Engineering Tools:
    Altium Designer, CATIA V5-6, dSPACE ConfigurationDesk & ControlDesk, KiCad

    Operating Systems:
    Windows, Linux (especially Debian-based derivatives), VMware ESXi, Cisco IOS (XE), µC/OS-II, RTEMS

    Scientific Computing and Simulation:
    Mathematica, MATLAB/Simulink, R, Scilab/Scicos, SPICE (NASA), Statistica, STK

    Other Software:
    Citrix Workspace, SAP GUI for Windows, VirtualBox, VMware Workstation Pro


    • German (native)
    • English (proficient)
    • Spanish (novice)
    • Russian (learned in school, but never actively used)

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