Open PhD and Postdoc Positions in Flagship Initiative ‘Geriatronics
Technical University of Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Open PhD and Postdoc Positions in Flagship Initiative ‘Geriatronics – Robot Assistants for the Elderly’ at the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM)

05.02.2019, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich is looking for outstanding applicants for PhD and Postdoc positions for the Flagship Initiative ‘Geriatronics – Robot Assistants for the Elderly‘.


About us
The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich is an integrative research center in the field of machine intelligence. Its purpose is to research the fundamentals of robotics, perception and artificial intelligence in order to develop innovative and sustainable technological solutions for central challenges of our time.


Geriatronics refers to the application of robotics, mechatronics, information technology and artificial intelligence in geriatrics, gerontology and medical care of elderly people to support and improve self-determined living in old age. Our research in this flagship initiative involves developing the intelligent and safe service humanoid robot ‘GARMI’. This robot is expected to assist elderly with day-to-day activities in their homes. We plan to conduct long-term research and technology development to find real-life solutions. Our work focuses on:
• Design and development of a multi-modal robotic head with an intelligent and self-learning interface for human-robot interaction with the elderly
• Design and development of an artificial hand for real world manipulation
• Telepresence and telemedicine with haptic feedback
• Monitoring and visualization of an individual’s health, including the development of an advanced mathematical model for the circulatory system, lymph and musculoskeletal system of the human upper limbs.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located at the foot of the Alps, approximately 90km south of Munich (1h by car, 1.5h by train). Surrounded by scenic nature and a breath-taking panorama, the town is a premier health and winter sports resort and a perfect place to enjoy an outdoorsy trip. Garmisch-Partenkirchen also hosts our Geriatronics research center, which is funded by the non-profit LongLeif GAPA gGmbH and is located in the center of the town, close to the train station. This research center offers a unique environment with a close network of local physicians, clinics and nursing homes, who are partners in our research initiative.

How to Apply?
We are continuously looking for EXCELLENT PhD students and Postdocs to join our Geriatronics research center team. Please consider applying if you have a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, biomechanics, or a comparable field. We especially seek individuals who wish to specialize in robotics, machine learning, control, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal modelling, or the like.


PhD applications should include the following documents:
• A motivation letter describing your research interests, your qualifications, and 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


The following documents are needed for Postdoc applications:
• A motivation letter
• A detailed CV
• Email addresses of at least two references


Interested applicants should send us the necessary documents via email to: quoting “PhD/Postdoc Application, Geriatronics – Robot Assistants for the Elderly” in the e-mail subject line. Applications will be considered until the positions have been filled. Preference will be given to applications received before July 1st, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


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.

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