PhD Position in Mechatronics and Control

Updated: about 1 month ago

05.10.2021, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich is looking for an outstanding applicant for a PhD position in Mechatronics and Control under the supervision of Prof. Sami Haddadin.

About us

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, interdisciplinary 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 Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI), formerly MSRM is directed by Prof. Sami Haddadin (2019 Leibniz prize winner). MIRMI is a globally visible interdisciplinary research center for machine intelligence, which is the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence and perception. A lighthouse initiative of the MIRMI 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.


We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated PhD student to join our team at MIRMI and contribute to the Geriatronics project Lighthouse Initiative at our research facility location at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This PhD position will give you a unique opportunity to work on designing and developing the next generation of dual arm exoskelton to teleoperate our humanoid GARMI robot for elderly care applications. You will work closely with supervisors and researchers from MIRMI at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and are expected to develop your own scientific ideas/concepts and to communicate them verbally and in writing. We will provide all support from mentoring to writing papers and to be submitted to conferences IROS, ICRA, Humanoids, HRI and corresponding journals.

Please consider applying if you have a strong background in robotics and control engineering. We especially seek individuals with excellent background on mechatronics and control hardware design (particularly in exoskeleton technologies) and who have some previous experience, knowledge and/or interest in the following areas:

  • Experience in mechatronics design, CAD/3D modeling,
  • Experience writing MATLAB Simulink real-time, C++/Python and ROS,
  • Experience with EtherCat Fieldbus and PCB design will be a huge plus

The position also requires sound verbal and written skills in English.

How to apply?

The following documents are needed for applications:

  • A motivation letter (1-3 pages) describing (i) yourself, (ii) your research interests, (iii) your qualifications, (iv) your future career goals and research focus and (v) why you would be a suitable candidate
  • A detailed CV
  • Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Email addresses of at least two references

Interested applicants should send the necessary documents via email to quoting “PhD in Mechatronics and Control” in the e-mail subject line. The position will be filled as soon as possible and only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Priority will be given to applications received by Oct. 31, 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.

Technische Universität München
Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence
Heßstraße 134
80797 München

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