Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Master Thesis – Rain sensor for automotive (f/m/d)

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This master’s thesis focuses on the experimental realization and validation of a photonics-based rain sensor. Cutting-edge technologies are applied to analyze the effects of the interaction of light with raindrops. Based on a novel disdrometer concept a measurement system shall be realized and used for laboratory experiments and measurements in the field together with an external industry partner. 

Your responsibilities will involve the following activities:

  • Support setting up optical laboratory experiments for precipitation measurements.
  • Implement the automatization of the experiments. 
  • Perform measurement campaigns. 
  • Evaluate the acquired data.


  • Master student (at an EU-University) in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering or similar fields 
  • Self-organized and target-oriented working style
  • Basic experience with electronic laboratory equipment (e.g., oscilloscope)
  • Basic experience in optical measurements
  • Experience in data processing and evaluation
  • Good knowledge in Python 
  • Experience with electronics and micro-controller programming
  • Good oral and written English skills


  • Diverse research activities with many technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment. 
  • Location in the heart of Europe in Austria – relocation support for non-European nationalities.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for career development.
  • Home office in Austria (max. 40%) and work from anywhere in the European Union possible (< 25%).
  • Family & children friendly – actively shaping the compatibility of family and career.
  • “Vital4SAL” to promote a healthy workplace (e.g. SAL coaching pool, trainings on mental health, physical activities, healthy snacks, 24/7 accident insurance)
  • € 4 per day meal allowance in restaurants or € 2 per working day in supermarkets.
  • Our values: 
    Open door policy, flexibility in working hours, casual dress code, diverse teams, working with people of different nationalities, informal communication, lifelong learning, compatibility of family and career, sustainability, personal growth, and collective advancement.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a competitive gross salary of EUR 1.863, paid 14 times a year.

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Master Thesis – Rain sensor for automotive (f/m/d)
Inffeldgasse 33 Graz, Austria
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