Max-Planck-Institute for  Solar System Research

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of solar physics and planetary research with around 300 employees. The interdisciplinary research focus is the investigation of the development, diversity and dynamics of planets, moons, small bodies, the sun and solar-like stars. The MPS develops and operates scientific instruments for current and future space missions (e.g. ESA, NASA), and carries out cosmochemical laboratory investigations of meteorites as well as numerical modeling on state-of-the-art supercomputers.

For the development of the Photospheric Magnetic field Imager PMI ( for the ESA’s VIGIL mission (, the institute is looking for a

FPGA Design Engineer (f/m/d)

Your Tasks

Development of firmware for the control and operation of scientific experiments in space, associated test environments and for the processing of the acquired data for further scientific evaluation. This comprises:

  • Conceptual design and development of firmware components and modules
  • Simulation, test and validation of the developed firmware components and modules
  • Firmware documentation
  • Support of project reviews in cooperation with ESA and industry partners

You should have

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a comparable field
  • Knowledge of VHDL or Verilog
  • Experience with design simulation and verification of FPGAs
  • Basic understanding of FPGA synthesis and timing constraint
  • Good English language skills (level B2)

Advantageous would be experience with / knowledge of:

• Testbench development
• Microsemi or Xilinx FPGAs
• Good German language skills

Employment Conditions

The full-time position is to be filled as soon as possible and limited for 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

The remuneration will be in accordance with TVöD-Bund up to EG 13, , if the objective and subjective classification requirements are met. This will be assessed separately on the basis of the respective professional qualifications and previous professional experience and should not necessarily be expected. The social benefits correspond to the regulations for the public service (federal government).

We offer you a varied and interesting range of tasks in an international scientific working environment, as well as opportunities for professional development. In addition, we offer you opportunities to reconcile work and family life as well as health promotion programmes

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

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