PhD Position in Robotic Manipulation

Updated: about 1 month ago

09.08.2022, 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 Robotic Manipulation 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.) and home to one of the most vibrant environments in robotics. 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 Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) is a globally visible interdisciplinary research center for machine intelligence, which is the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence and perception. Its three central innovation sectors are the future of health, the future of work, the future of the environment, and the future of mobility. More than 60 professors from various TUM faculties cooperate within the framework of MIRMI.


We are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated applicant to join our team at MIRMI to pursue a PhD track in the area of impact-aware manipulation. The aim is to make robots capable of estimating accurately their pose, velocity, and exchanged force at contact locations, distinguishing between desired and nondesired contact transitions, and designing appropriate reflexes in case of failure. The selected applicant will contribute to an H2020 research and innovation project and will have the opportunity to collaborate with project partners from various institutes around Europe.


Please consider applying if you have a strong background in robotics, mechatronics, and control engineering. We especially seek individuals with an excellent background in the following areas:

  • Advanced level knowledge of robotics
  • Experience in programming robots using C++/ ROS
  • Excellent academic record
  • Coursework related to robotics and control
  • Capability to work autonomously and as a team worker
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Previous experience in robotic collision monitoring/handling is a plus

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 Robotic Manipulation” 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 August. 26, 2022.

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
Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60-62,
80992 München

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