PhD position at DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute in Operpfaffenhofen

Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Deadline: Until positions filled

The DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute contributes to the advancement of spaceborne sensors through the execution of long-term research programs. The research work of the Institute encompasses the conception and development of new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques and systems, as well as the retrieval of information from SAR data for several science applications.

The newly formed NewSpace SAR research group focuses on disruptive and cost-effective SAR solutions for frequent and enhanced Earth monitoring. The group aims at establishing the foundation for a new SAR system design approach through the elaboration of theoretical models and the development of signal processing algorithms, thereby spreading the on-going NewSpace revolution to SAR remote sensing and posing the basis for future Earth observation missions that will yield remarkable societal benefits.

The doctoral fellows will demonstrate multistatic techniques and applications using drones already equipped with a radar and positioning system.

The research activities will include, but not be limited to:
– Theoretical description and simulation of the imaging process
(impulse response of the imaging system);
– Getting familiar with the drones;
– Processing of real data acquired by the drones;
– Error analysis;
– Design and execution of the experiments;
– Processing of the acquired data (image generation) and interpretation
of the results;
– Rough scaling of the parameters for implementation in space.

The doctoral fellows will be encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals, apply for patents, present their work at international conferences, and enrol on DLR’s Graduate Program.

A detailed description of the research activities and the required qualifications can be found at the following link:…

For further information, feel free to contact Dr. Michelangelo Villano (