Our Offer

Comprehensive onboarding, professional development and further training opportunities
Diverse and varied tasks in an international workenvironment
Compensation according to TVöD Bund, based on qualifications and experience, annual bonus and additional pension scheme (VBL)
30 days of vacation plus 4 additional days off
Full-time and part-time employment; flexible working time and possibility of mobile work
In-house cafeteria
Collaboration with local bilingual Montessori child care center
Good public transport connection
Corporate health management

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 electronics of a plasma spectrometer for the ESA project study "Plasma Observatory", the institute seeks applications for an

Electronics / System Engineer (f/m/d)

Your Tasks

  • Design of electronics boards and selection of necessary space-qualified electronic parts for a plasma spectrometer to be operated under specific condition in space
  • Setup and performance of functional and environmental tests of electronics for a plasma spectrometer in calibration vacuum chambers
  • Setup and performance of particle beam tests of plasma spectrometer at accelerators
  • Documentation of test results for international team and ESA
  • Regular report of progress to project management and to international team at team meetings and Science Working Team meetings at ESA

Your Qualification

  • University or university of applied sciences degree (TU/FH) in electrical engineering or equivalent qualification
  • Good knowledge of analogue and digital circuit technology
  • The ability to independently develop analogue/digital electronics
  • Knowledge of common programming tools (Python, Labview, etc.)
  • Strong physics and technical understanding
  • Ability to work in a structured manner and to document the work
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Willingness to work in clean rooms and to comply with the required regulations
  • High motivation, problem-solving attitude, be a continuous learner and team player
  • Experience in space projects (ESA, NASA, etc.) desired
  • Good English knowledge (spoken and written)


As an electronics engineer, you will work as part of an international team on electronics hardware for a scientific space instrument in close collaboration with the project team as well as national and international partners.

  • Application deadline is 15 August 2024.

  • The full-time position can be filled starting 15 September 2024 or later. Employment is initially limited until the end of 2026 with a possible extension if the mission will be selected

  • Remuneration is TVöD-Bund E13, depending on qualification and work experience

  • Temporary teleworking can be negotiated

  • Social security benefits are in accordance with the public service regulations.

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