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Republic of Germany. Here, 10,000 employees work together on a
unique variety of topics in the fields of aeronautics, space,
energy, transport, security and digitalisation. Their missions
range from basic research to the development of innovative
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environment. Launch your mission with us.
For our Institute of Solar Research in
Jülich, we are currently looking for a
Physicist, Engineer, Data Scientist or similar (f/m/x) Condition
Monitoring of Heliostat Fields Using Artificial Intelligence
You want to contribute to a sustainable future with storable
renewable electricity and solar fuels? You would like to work in
a young, international and innovative team?
Then, this is the right place for you to be. Become part of our
qualification team within the Institute of Solar Research. We are
looking for a motivated physicist/engineer/data scientist (or
similar) for a PhD thesis to develop a condition monitoring
system for heliostat fields using artificial intelligence. Look
forward to joining our Institute and getting the chance to really
make an impact, save our planet and fight climate change.
The Institute of Solar Research is one of the leading research
facilities in the field of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and,
with its Solar Tower and the Heliostat Testing Platform in
Jülich, owns a unique research and testing infrastructure in
Germany. Heliostats – as part of the CSP systems – are mirrors
following the sun to concentrate solar light over 1000 times on
the top of a tower to achieve high temperatures for the
production of electricity, solar fuels or process heat.
During your PhD time, you will work on the following tasks:
- You do literature research and familiarize yourself with the
topics CSP, heliostats and condition monitoring.
- You develop a concept of a condition monitor system using
existing sensor data from a single heliostat.
- You further develop the continuous condition monitoring
system on site of the solar tower Jülich by applying appropriate
methods of signal processing and data driven modeling.
- You validate and critically evaluate the performance of the
- You document and publish your scientific results in articles
and at international conferences.
Besides flexible work hours (within core time) and the
possibility to do home office, we also offer the opportunity to
participate in the DLR Graduate Program where you can attend
various seminars for continuous education and advanced training
- You have a very good completed scientific university degree
in engineering, physics, computer science or in a comparable
- You are interested in CSP technologies, love to identify
current issues and create solutions.
- You have a passion for innovative research and a scientific
and systematic way of working.
- You can work independently and on your own responsibility but
also enjoy working in an international team, on both experiments
- Your good English skills help you with publications and
communication in an international environment.
- Ideally, you have good programming skills and are interested
in the topic of machine learning.
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates
your commitment and supports your personal and professional
development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working
environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your
creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our
human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and
work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of
all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given
preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are
equivalent to those of other candidates.
If you have any questions concerning specific aspects of the job,
please contact Kristina Blume by calling +49 2203 601‑4405 or Dr. Marc
Röger +49 2203 601‑4225. Please find
further information on this vacancy with the reference number
69436, and details regarding the remuneration and the application
procedure, at www.DLR.de/dlr/jobs/#48402