GNSS Engineer and/or SW Developer for NAVCAST (m/f/d)

  • Oberpfaffenhofen
  • Published: 31.08.2021
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DLR GfR mbH is a company providing reliable, safe and secure aerospace services. We operate and manage the constellation of Galileo satellites in the Galileo Control Center Oberpfaffenhofen on behalf of the European Commission. 
Our company headquarters is located in an area widely known as a holiday destination -  the five-lakes region in Upper Bavaria near Munich. At the space industry location in Oberpfaffenhofen, our around 230 employees work every day in international and interdisciplinary teams on the navigation for the future. Become a part of us!


The GNSS engineer/SW Developer will be part of GfR’s newly established and growing NAVCAST service team. Navcast is a commercial High Accuracy Service from Spaceopal GmbH (see http://spaceopal.com/navcast/) that aims at providing high accuracy positioning solutions to users worldwide. We are looking for highly motivated GNSS professionals and/or Software Developers that have, besides distinct team player skills, also the ability to work independently in a structured manner and to adapt quickly to the challenges of this highly dynamic environment. The position offers lots of hands-on opportunities during the design, implementation and validation phase of NAVCAST and will challenge you to find innovative solutions to upcoming problems. The successful candidate will also have strong communication and networking skills.
Your main responsibilities are:
  • Steering NAVCAST service evolution and software development
  • Support the definition and implementation of NAVCAST Operations Procedures
  • Support and/or lead NAVCAST test and validation campaigns
  • Ensure the implementation of NAVCAST improvements and service stability enhancements
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on NAVCAST system and service performance parameters
  • Operate NAVCAST hardware and software.


The ideal candidate will either be a GNSS Navigation engineer with substantial SW development skills or a SW developer with a strong background in GNSS High Accuracy Navigation.
  • Strong background in GNSS Navigation
  • Profound knowledge of orbit determination and improvement, time transfer and precise point positioning (PPP)
  • Ability to become an expert for the core processing engines for GNSS orbit (BERNESE) and clock determination (RETICLE)
  • Significant experience with Linux environments (hardware and software installations, shell scripting, network design, software debugging)
  • SW and data analyses with Fortran, Perl, Python, C/C++
  • Experience with clean code programming and virtualization (VMware, K8S, Terraform, Grafana, Elastic or Influx) would be an asset
  • Ability to also work independently
  • Analytic problem-solving skills to diagnose and troubleshoot anomalies and trigger the correct mitigation actions
  • Familiarity with GNSS system monitoring, PPP performance analyses and the generation of GNSS status/performance reports would be an asset.
Your qualification includes:
  • University degree in Space Science and Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or in an equivalent field
  • At least 2 years of experience in GNSS Navigation and/or SW development
  • Familiarity with basic satellite orbit and clock determination concepts
  • Fluent in English, German would be an asset.


  • Collaboration in the European lighthouse project Galileo
  • Trusting and appreciative cooperation in an international environment
  • International team spirit
  • 30 days annual leave
  • Additional days off on 24.12., 31.12. and Shrove Tuesday
  • Work-Life-Balance e.g. through flexible working time models and mobile office options
  • Child care for children from 1 to 3 years
  • Varied personnel development program
  • Individual career options (for example through secondments to partner agencies / enterprises abroad)
  • Employer-financed retirement plan
  • Attractive location with a high recreational value in the five-lakes region near Munich
  • And much more ...


We have aroused your interest but you still have questions about the position? Then please contact us!