The Autonomous Aerial Systems (AAS) Group at the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy at Technical University of Munich invites applications for a

PhD Position (m/f/d).

The Autonomous Aerial Systems Group aims at developing the technology to design fully autonomous aerial systems for transportation and aerial manipulation. We are driven to overcome the mechanical, perceptual, control and cognitive challenges to achieve high-speed and enduring transportation and dexterous manipulation capabilities.

Your Project
The Autonomous Aerial Systems Group is one of the three partners of the AUTRANS (Autonomous Transportation System) – project. The goal of the project is developing the control and the autopilot stack for an autonomous electric VTOL-cargo drone. The cargo drone is designed as a sling load system (see figure). Depending on your personal interested you will lay the focus of your work on one of the following topics: perception, state estimation, control and trajectory planning. While being an academic researcher at TUM the project is conducted in close collaboration with the two industrial partners Volocopter und AES - Aerospace Embedded Solutions.

Your Skills
Beyond a passion for robotics, mathematics, programming and abstract thinking candidates are expected to

-       have a master’s degree in computer science, mechanical/aeronautical/electrical engineering, robotics, physics or related fields,
-       have substantial experience in programming (e.g. C/C++, Python, Matlab),
-       be passionate about working with robotic hardware,
-       have excellent English skills,
-       enjoy working independently as well as in a team.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM encourages application from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

Our offer
The AAS Group is located at the newly founded TUM Campus in Ottobrunn (south of Munich) – next to many industrial partners. The campus is dynamically growing, interdisciplinary and offers the opportunity to shape the future of aerospace. We are offering

-       a funded research position for three years with salary according to TV-L E13,
-       an interdisciplinary and international research environment,
-       cutting edge research in modern environment,
-       close interaction with industrial partners.


To apply, please submit your application, including the following documents: a) cover letter, b) CV, c) copies of university degree certificates and transcripts and d) up to three contacts of referees. Please send your application in a single PDF file, with the subject format ‘AAS_Application_NAME’, to We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

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Application closing date: 12th December 2022

Technische Universität München
Prof. Markus Ryll | Autonomous Aerial Systems Lab | TU München | |
Phone +49 89 289 55571
Department of Aerospace and Geodesy
Lise-Meitner-Str. 9
85521 Ottobrunn