Research Associate for Space Debris

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Researching the behaviour of the space debris environment

The Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) at TU Braunschweig is looking for a research associate (d/f/m) for the field of study: „Space debris“ – from 01.12.2021 – initially limited to 1.5 years.

The modelling of the space debris environment is one of the research areas at IRAS, which consists in the study of the distribution of all objects orbiting Earth. An important task in this context is the development of tools that realistically describe the collision risk and the observation of space objects. In addition to the further development of such tools, their application and analysis play an important role in providing scientific statements on current and future issues of the space debris problem.


  • The analysis of the effects of mega-constellations on the collision probability in space.
  • The study of fragmentation events on Earth orbits, in particular the distribution of debris and the characterisation of individual fragments.
  • The investigation of the detectability of space debris objects using ground- and space-based sensors (optical, radar, laser).

Required knowledge:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics
  • Good knowledge in the field of space technology and orbital mechanics
  • Knowledge of scientific programming (e.g. Fortran, C++ or Python), experience with Linux is an advantage
  • Solid knowledge of mathematics
  • Good to excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Fascination about spaceflight

The position is intended to serve the qualification of young academics and offers the possibility of a doctorate.

Applications from people of all nationalities are welcome.

Applicants with severe disabilities having adequate qualification will be preferentially considered. Proof must be enclosed.

TU Braunschweig strives to reduce under-representation in all areas and positions as defined by the NGG. Therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome.

Personal data is stored for the purpose of carrying out the application procedure.

We offer exciting and diverse activities to support the safe and sustainable use of space.

We look forward to hearing from you!




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