Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Master Thesis – Can you sense the rain? Optical precipitation measurement (f/m/d)

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This master’s thesis focuses on the experimental realization and validation of photonics-based techniques to measure rain intensities. Cutting-edge technologies are applied to analyze the effects of the interaction of light with raindrops. The data collected in sets of laboratory experiments will be analyzed to deduce which measurement approaches are most suitable in different environments. 

Your responsibilities will involve the following activities:

  • Support setting up optical laboratory experiments for precipitation measurement
  • Support design of validation experiments
  • Perform measurement series
  • Evaluate the acquired data


  • Master student in Physics or Electrical Engineering
  • 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 (numpy, matplotlib, pandas, seaborn  ….)  
     and version control (git)
  • Good oral and written English skills


  • Start as soon as possible.
  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a salary of EUR 1.713, paid 14 times a year.


Master Thesis – Can you sense the rain? Optical precipitation measurement (f/m/d)
Europas­traße 12 Villach, Republic of Austria
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