PhD Position in Safe Human-Robot Interaction
Technical University of Munich

PhD Position for Safe Human-Robot Interaction

20.10.2020, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Research Group Cyber-Physical Systems of Prof. Matthias Althoff at the Technical University of Munich offers a PhD position for Safe Human-Robot Interaction. The offered position has a strong focus on motion planning of robots and formal verification. The Technical University of Munich is one of the top research universities in Europe. The university fosters a strong entrepreneurial spirit and international culture that places it at the forefront of research in a diversity of disciplines.

Expected Starting Date: 01 February-01 April 2021
Closing Date for Applicants: 15 December 2020
Duration: 3-4 years (depending on preference of applicant).
Project and Job Description
The focus of this position is on developing new methods for safe human-robot interaction. A special focus will be on developing planning algorithms that reliably find safe solutions when interacting with robots. By combining motion planning techniques with formal verification, the solution space will be reduced so that safe plans can be found more reliably under strong real time constraints. The candidate should demonstrate the developed algorithms on a real robot. One possible application is in construction robotics, where we collaborate with several industrial partners.

Job Specifications
  • Applicants should be at most 28 years old.
  • Excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, engineering, or related disciplines (typically mathematics, physics).
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Good programming skills in at least one programming language, e.g. MATLAB, C/C++, Python.
  • Highly motivated and keen on working in an international and interdisciplinary team.
  • Applicants with strong background in the following fields are preferred:
    • Motion planning algorithms
    • Robotics
    • Control theory, signals and systems
    • Software Engineering
    • Formal verification
The applicant will be directly advised by Prof. Matthias Althoff ( Besides excellent skills for conducting innovative science, the candidate should also be talented in implementing research results on a real robot and lead teams of students.
Our Offer
PhD remuneration will be in line with the current German collective pay agreement TV-L E13 (around 4000 Euros/month in the first year, 4300 Euros/month second year). The Technical University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. We explicitly encourage women to apply and preference will be given to disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications.
International candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Please send a complete application (in English) including a CV, the Master thesis (if applicable), your full transcript of records and contact details to Stefan Liu ( Please do not include a cover letter. We kindly ask you to use the subject line “Application to Safe Human-Robot Interaction” in your application email. Further job offerings might be announced on

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