Ph.D. position available in the area of Embedded Systems for Drones University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering Denmark

Ph.D. position available in the area of Embedded Systems for Drones, at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark


The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Center (, at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at SDU, is offering a Ph.D. position starting from August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for three years.

The Ph.D. will work on ‘Hardware-centric modular framework for fast prototyping of fault-tolerant drone systems’. This project concerns design and development of an FPGA-based hardware-centric modular framework enabling fast prototyping of fault-tolerant drone systems. Key topics include hardware-based safety systems, FPGA-based implementation of a simple flight controller based on automatic code generation, and the investigation of biologically-inspired behaviors as a means to improve safety and fault tolerance of drone systems. Case studies will be used to define specific requirements, including drone-based rapid, autonomous delivery of AED (defibrillator). 

There will in addition be teaching duties in the area of embedded electronics.


Qualified applicants are expected to have:

1- Master's degree in embedded systems, electrical engineering, robotics or related fields.
2- Strong background in FPGAs, system integration, microprocessors, and electronics.
3- Good programming and development skills. Experience with drone technology is an advantage.


Additionally, the applicant should have excellent writing skills and be able to work independently. The successful applicant for the position will be affiliated with the UAS Center at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, the University of Southern Denmark.

The applicant should provide a cover letter explaining his/her approach to the problem, and at most three articles illustrating his/her publication record and research interests, in addition to standard items such as CV, full publication list, etc. (see below).

Contact Information:

Further information is available from Associate Prof. Anders Sørensen, email 

Research environment: 

University of Southern Denmark’s UAS Center was established in 2015 and brings together experts in robotics, computer vision, physics, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and cyber-physical systems to focus on research, education, innovation, and collaboration in the UAS domain. See for further information about the UAS center.


Conditions of employment

Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the 3-year period. Further information about salary and conditions of employment.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An employed PhD fellow cannot have other paid work during the employment.

Requirements for the position

To be considered for the position it is required that the applicant meets the requirements for enrollment in the PhD school.

An assessment committee will assess all applications. Each applicant will receive his/her own assessment. An interview might be part of the assessment process.


Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The applications must include:

•    Curriculum Vitae
•    Completed application form
•    Application including letter of motivation for the Ph.D. project as outlined above. Please attach your application to “application material” under “Research Plan”
•    If possible a list of publications indicating the publications attached
•    Diplomas
•    Calculation of grade point average in this form

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application must be in English.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about the PhD programme at the faculty and SDU can be found at:
The SDU PhD webpages
The faculty PhD webpages
Study in Denmark

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