City:  Nürnberg
Date:  Jan 23, 2023

Student Assistants/ Interns/ Thesis Students Hardware or VHDL Development in Satellite Navigation

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

In many applications of everyday life (e.g., navigation) and critical infrastructures (e.g., energy, IT, or mobile networks), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are used as an information source of position and time. It requires receiver and antenna technologies that provide precise and reliable position and time information. The Satellite-Base Positioning Systems Department of the Fraunhofer IIS in Nuremberg develops and tests satellite navigation receivers and antennas for various applications. Signals from Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and SBAS are processed in the multi-frequency range.


We are constantly looking for interested and motivated students with hardware development skills. A list of possible student topics to work on can be found below. Do not hesitate to contact us, if you want to propose a similar topic. 


Please include a cover letter in your application that states which topics interests you, what type of contract you are interested in (HiWi/ intern/ thesis) and your possible weekly working hours. An exact outline for your task definition will be done in the interview process, depending on your personal preferences and skills.


What you will do

  • Signals processing and optimization (VHDL)
  • RISC-V (VHDL | C)
  • Embedded system development (C | C++ | VHDL)
  • Record and replay of GNSS signals (VHDL)
  • Interference detection and mitigation (VHDL)
  • System testing (VHDL | C | C++)
  • Hardware security (VHDL | C)
  • Antenna development and testing (HFS)
  • RF circuit design (SPICE | PCB development)
  • Hardware assembly
  • Electromechanical design (CAD | 3D printer)


What you bring to the table

  • You are currently studying Electrical Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Mechatronics, or similar
  • You are busy with your Bachelor or Master studies
  • You have good knowledge in at least one of the following: VHDL, PCB design, analog/ digital circuitry, embedded C/C++
  • You bring a high motivation to solve problems independently
  • You bring good social skills and are fluent in English
  • Your knowledge in GNSS, signal processing, Python or Git is a bonus


What you can expect

  • Flexible working hours
  • Open and friendly team work
  • Varied tasks with room for creativity
  • Exciting seminars and events 
  • Networking with scientists
  • Active contribution in applied research
  • Interesting and innovative projects


If you have any questions about this opening, please contact Jonathan Hansen (


Weekly working hours are determined by agreement. You can start from now on (as a student assistant from 10 to 20 hours a week or as an intern for a period of at least three months). You can reduce your hours before exams and increase them during semester breaks. You can flexibly determine the working days.


We would be happy to offer you the opportunity to write a bachelor's or master's thesis in cooperation with us in the above-mentioned subject area. The thesis will be assigned and carried out in accordance with the rules of your university. For this reason, please discuss the thesis with a professor who can advise you over the course of the project.


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity.


Apply online now (PDF: cover letter, CV, transcripts). We look forward to getting to know you!


Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS 


Requisition Number: 60782                Application Deadline:


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