PhD Candidate „Robot Perception, Embod-ied AI and Manipulation“ (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

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15.02.2021, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich is looking for an outstanding applicant for a PhD position in robot perception, embodied AI and manipulation under supervision of Prof. Sami Haddadin.

About MSRM
Located in the prosperous capital of Bavaria and home to over 39000 students, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the world’s top universities (top 4 European technical universities in The World University Ranking, top 50 in Shanghai Ranking, top 10 in Global University Employability Ranking, etc.). It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, inter-disciplinary education, and the active promotion of promising young scientists. TUM benefits from the healthy mix of companies and startups of all sizes headquartered in the region and is tightly connected to regional research hospitals. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. The TUM Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) is directed by Prof. Sami Haddadin (2019 Leibniz prize winner). The MSRM is a globally visible interdisciplinary re-search center for machine intelligence, which is the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence and perception. A lighthouse initiative of the MSRM is the Geriatronics project located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This refers to the use of robotics, mechatronics and information technology, in particular machine intelligence, in the field of gerontology and geriatric as well as in preventive, outpatient and inpatient care of the elderly. For more information, please visit

We are looking for an outstanding PhD student to contribute to the Geriatronics project in the MSRM field laboratories located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This PhD position will give you a unique opportunity to work on the intersection between perception, embodied AI and manipulation to bring our service humanoid GARMI to the next level. You will be part of a diverse team of highly committed and talented researchers, who support and value each other. The TUM Re-search Center Geriatronics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers excellent research conditions, giving you access to cutting-edge technology and a multitude of elderly care facilities, enabling you to test your latest research results directly in the field. On top of that, the beautiful mountain scenery of Garmisch-Partenkirchen provides ideal conditions to recharge, whether you are a nature-lover or a sports enthusiast.

Profile of the ideal candidate
• Master degree or equivalent in a field related to the vacancy • Passion for service humanoids and experience in at least two of the following fields
- Robot perception
- Human-robot interaction
- Manipulation
- (Embodied) AI
- Hard- and software architectures
- Skill learning
- Task and motion planning
• Strong programming skills (preferably Python, C/C++, ROS)
• Ability to integrate third-party software modules
• High flexibility in acquiring new knowledge
• Start-up mentality and “can do”-attitude
• Ability to work well in cross-functional teams with diverse people
• Ability to perform under pressure
• Good German language skills is a plus or at least willingness to learn German is required
• Good communication skills and ability to present complex content to a diverse audience

How to apply?
The following documents are needed for applications:
• A single-page motivation letter describing your research interests and your fit with the vacancy
• A detailed tabular CV
• Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
• E-mail addresses of at least two references

Interested applicants should send the necessary documents via email to quoting “PhD Application, Robot Perception, Embodied AI and Manipulation” in the e-mail subject line. The position will be filled as soon as possible and only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Preference will be given to applications received before March 1, 2021. TUM has been pursuing the strategic goal of substantially increasing the diversity of its staff. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages nominations of and applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with equal qualifications. International candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

TUM Forschungszentrum Geriatronik
Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence
Bahnhofstraße 37
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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