Fraunhofer FHR, Wachtberg

Head of Department* – Radar for Space Observation

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Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

The Fraunhofer-Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR in Wachtberg near Bonn is part of the large Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and one of the leading and largest European research institutes in the field. The institute has an excellent network within the international research community and works on numerous multinational research projects with academic and industrial partners. We develop concepts, methods and systems for electromagnetic sensor technology, particularly for radar and radiometry.

The department “Radar for Space Observation” (RWB) focuses on the development of innovative methods and technologies for the detection and reconnaissance of space objects – from active satellites to space debris. The department RWB operates the TIRA (Tracking and Imaging) system, which is unique in Europe and provides valuable support for space situational awareness. The system is used for high-precision orbit determination and imaging reconnaissance of space objects, for determining the tasks, effectiveness and structure of individual satellites and for re-entry prediction.

Your tasks are:

The management of the department, which currently has 26 highly qualified employees, involves complex strategic management and leadership tasks. You acquire research projects and provide scientific guidance to your staff. In a professional dialogue with your group leaders, you continuously develop the research program of the department. You represent the institute at international conferences and in committees.

What we expect from you:

  • Completed scientific university degree in Engineering or Physics with doctorate
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of radar technology and signal processing
  • Sound scientific expertise in the field of space observation with radar, space reconnaissance, satellite crash and collision prediction
  • Profound expertise in all essential aspects of space (monitoring, reconnaissance, threat analysis, space debris situation, space weather)
  • Experience in the management, organization and representation of scientific research groups
  • Experience in project proposals for public funding programs and in the acquisition of industrial orders
  • Proven negotiation skills in an international environment
  • Strongly developed strategic thinking, creativity and team spirit
  • Ability to motivate employees to achieve ambitious goals

What you can expect from us

  • Open, considerate and friendly working environment in a professional research facility equipped with modern machinery
  • Additional performance- and profit-related variable compensation components
  • Room for innovative ideas and within the own research area as well as promotion of publications to build reputation and visibility in science and industry
  • Above average, promoted educational culture with a wide range of opportunities for personal development, e.g., through participation in specialized fairs, conferences, workshops and seminars as well as internal support programs
  • Family-friendly culture, parent-and-child office, support from external service providers in emergency care for children and relatives
  • Flexible working hours for a good work-life balance (39-hour week, flextime system and bridge day regulation)
  • Supplementary pension (VBL) and job ticket
  • Canteen and nearby shopping facilities

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

The working time consists of 39 hours per week.

In case of identical qualifications preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.

We would like to point out that the chosen job title also includes the third gender.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft emphasizes gender-independent professional equality.

Please submit your online application via:


If you have any questions about this position, please contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Heberling

Phone: +49 228 9435-176


Job Reference: FHR-2020-41


Head of Department* – Radar for Space Observation
Fraunhoferstraße 20 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Deutschland
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