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PhD position (m/f/d) in the research area Satellite Altimetry with focus on ocean circulation

The Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (German Geodetic Research Institute) of the Technical University of Munich (DGFI-TUM) is accepting applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) in the research area Satellite Altimetry with focus on ocean circulation.

DGFI-TUM has a long-standing experience with the analysis of observation data from satellite altimetry. The determination of sea surface changes and their interpretation in terms of ocean dynamics and climate signals has been a primary research goal for many years. In particular, DGFI-TUM is at the forefront in the determination of sea level, sea state and sea surface topography in challenging areas such as the coastal seas and the polar oceans. The institute’s data base comprehends the complete observation record of all altimetry missions that have been launched until now. Via its data portal OpenADB (http://openadb.dgfi.tum.de) DGFI-TUM provides homogenized observation data and various derived products.

In order to strengthen our team we are looking for a PhD candidate with specific focus on ocean circulation. Your research will be strongly cross-linked with other institutions and integrated into the CIRCOS Project (Circulation from In-situ and Remote-sensing data in COastal and Shelf ocean) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Embedded in the international satellite altimetry community, you will work in close contact with scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA) and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Your task will be to develop a methodology for improving gridded data sets of ocean circulation from satellite altimetry in coastal regions, supported by wind measurements. The information on coastal currents will help in better understanding the underlying processes and provides the basis for predicting climate change impacts. Moreover, it will enable better exploitation of marine resources and coastal management.

Your profile

  • University degree (M.Sc.) in geodesy, oceanography, mathematics, informatics or related
  • Skills in data analysis, mathematical and statistical model development and signal processing
  • Advanced computer literacy and programming skills, preferably in Python
  • Ability for independent research as part of a team, interest in the presentation and publication of scientific results
  • Good command of the English language (speaking and writing)

We offer

  • Independent and challenging research in an internationally well connected team
  • Flexible and family friendly working hours
  • Fixed term contract for a period of initially 3 years, starting as soon as possible
  • Salary according to employment category E13 (100%) of the collective labor contract TV-L
  • Attractive office in the Residence of Munich at the Odeonsplatz

All PhD candidates of the TUM are obligated to participate in the TUM Graduate School (http://www.gs.tum.de) that offers attractive additional funds for research training, soft-skill programs and international mobility/stays abroad. The TUM aims to increase the number of women employees. Qualified women are therefore especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred if applicability and qualification are equivalent.

Interested?

Do not hesitate to contact us for questions regarding the position. We are looking forward to receiving your application with relevant documents per mail or email no later than October 10, 2020 to:

Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut der Technischen Universität München (DGFI-TUM)
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Seitz
Arcisstr. 21, D-80333 Munich
Tel. +49/89/23031-1106
email: florian.seitz@tum.de
www.dgfi.tum.de

2 PhD Positions (m/f/d) at Autonomous Aerial Systems (AAS) Group

The Autonomous Aerial Systems (AAS) Group at the newly founded Department of Aerospace and Geodesy at Technical University of Munich invites applications for two PhD Positions (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. More information can be found on our website http://markusryll.com.

Your Project:

Successful candidates will work in one of the following major research efforts of the group:

  • Dexterous aerial manipulation: Aerial robots with the capability to autonomously manipulate their environment are invaluable in many applications, e.g., monitoring infrastructure, support in natural disasters or building and constructing structures on conventional construction sites. However, manipulation and construction in unstructured environments requires aerial robots with advanced manipulation and perception skills. Our goal is to develop novel autonomous aerial service robots and the required algorithms. This pursuit is multidisciplinary, combining mechanical design, perception, control and planning. 
  • High-speed flight in unstructured environments: There has been considerable recent work in control of UAVs to enable aggressive, highly dynamic flight in known environments with motion capture systems. However, these existing systems have not been shown to enable the same kind of flight skills in systems that only rely on onboard sensing. Autonomous drones remain far behind the skills of a trained human pilot. In this research line we will use semantic information to reason about the visible scene to improve trajectory planning and use methods from deep reinforcement learning to enable the full dynamical potential of aerial platforms enabling high-speed and safe flight close to obstacles.

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 bringt 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,
  • the possibility to conduct PhD partially abroad.

Application:
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 markus.ryll@tum.de. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Technical University of Munich
Department of Aerospace and Geodesy
Prof. Dr. Markus Ryll
Willy-Messerschmitt-Str. 1
82024 Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn
markus.ryll@tum.de
www.markusryll.de
www.tum.de

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Non-academic staff

Manager (m/f/d) TUM Hyperloop Program

The student team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has won Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles four times in a row. Now TUM is turning the traffic lights for future mobility to green and, with the support of the Bavarian State Government, has founded the TUM Hyperloop Program (hyperloop.tum.de) in the new Department of Aerospace and Geodesy (LRG). In this broad-based research project, which will involve a large number of TUM chairs, the Hyperloop technology is to be researched and future mobility concepts are to be examined by means of systems analysis. In the months to come, a test stand will be set up on which functional tests of various subsystems and the overall system will be carried out. At the same time, a modeling platform will be developed to analyze the specifics and characteristics of a multimodal European network. Hyperloop will also be the first activity in the new Venture Lab Aerospace, which will be set up together with UnternehmerTUM GmbH in spring 2021 and will be expanded into a center for entrepreneurship education and startup activities. The activities will be headquartered in Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn, where the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy is based.

For the development of the ambitious program as well as for the administrative and target-oriented realization we are looking for a full-time manager (m/f/d) to start as soon as possible.

Your Tasks:

  • Development of the TUM Hyperloop Program in close cooperation with the steering committee and the department
  • Project management as well as administrative planning and organization of the team and infrastructure (test stands, workshop, offices, equipment, tools and material)
  • Independent financial and personnel planning
  • Clarifying legal framework conditions (including IP) in cooperation with the TUM Legal Office
  • Application for research funding, controlling and reporting
  • Communication and cooperation with science, economy, politics, media and society

Your Profile:

  • Doctorate in engineering or natural sciences, preferably with reference to the Hyperloop or large-scale plants and traffic systems
  • Several years of experience in international project management in science or research-related industry
  • Proven experience in the successful acquisition and implementation of third-party funded projects with public (DFG, LuFo, EU) and private/industrial sponsors
  • Preferably experience in the field of innovation and business startups
  • Confident appearance and strong communication skills (written and spoken), both in German and English
  • Independent, structured and team-oriented working style
  • High flexibility and resilience, productive handling of stressful situations
  • Solid knowledge in MS Office applications, in the conception and use of databases and content management systems as well as experience with the application and funding portals of public funding agencies

We are looking for a committed and hands-on personality with plenty of initiative who enjoys pushing an exciting topic at the interface of research and innovation with his or her own ideas. We offer challenging pioneering work with leadership responsibility at an excellent university with a startup mentality, a modern workplace on the Ludwig Boelkow Campus in Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn, flexible working hours and a pleasant, modern and collegial working atmosphere.

The position is initially limited to 2 years and will be remunerated up to TV-L E14 depending on qualifications and suitability. Severely handicapped persons will be given preferential employment if their aptitude and qualifications are essentially the same. TUM aims to increase the proportion of women; applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed.

Application:

We are looking forward to receiving your complete and convincing documents (including certificates) by email in one PDF file (max. 8 MB) to dekanat@lrg.tum.de. Application deadline is October 2, 2020.

Technical University of Munich
Department of Aerospace and Geodesy
Dr.-Ing. Michael Klimke
Managing Director
Willy-Messerschmitt-Str. 1
82024 Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn
Germany
dekanat@lrg.tum.de
www.lrg.tum.de
hyperloop.tum.de

Data Protection Information:
When you apply for a position with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), you are submitting personal information. With regard to personal information, please take note of the Datenschutzhinweise gemäß Art. 13 Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DSGVO) zur Erhebung und Verarbeitung von personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihrer Bewerbung. (data protection information on collecting and processing personal data contained in your application in accordance with Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). By submitting your application, you confirm that you have acknowledged the above data protection information of TUM.