PhD Position in Robotics, Electrical Engineering

    PhD Position in Robotics, Electrical Engineering

    PhD scholarship for Graduates (Robotics) in Remote Control of Aerial Robots for Tool Manipulation is available at DTU Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

    Deadline to Apply

    Jun 18, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Electrical Engineering
    – Robotics
    Scholarship“According to standard norms”
    WorkplaceDTU Electrical Engineering
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateMay-September 2021


    To be eligible for recruitment, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

    • At the time of their recruitment, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
    • Applicants can be of any nationality. However, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment. Short stays, such as holidays are not taken into account.
    • Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies for PhD studies at the time of recruitment.


    • As an ESR in the AERO-TRAIN project, you will contribute to the overall research through your ESR project, where you will develop innovative approaches for safe and reliable remote operation of aerial robots manipulating tools on the environment for maintenance and repair work
    • The project is also aimed at improving the intuitiveness of the remote control of aerial manipulators by the human, as well as assessing the confidence of the human-in-the loop for reliable and safe maintenance operation
    • You will work with colleagues at DTU Automation and Control group, as well as with the other ESR of the AERO-TRAIN project
    • Besides working on their project at DTU Automation and Control group, the successful candidate will participate in network-wide training events like summer schools and retreats
    • Moreover, the PhD student will conduct secondments at other network partners.
      The ESR applicants should have:
    • An outstanding academic record, excellent skills and ideally proven experience in the fields of Control engineering, Communication engineering, Human-Machine Interaction, Robotics or similar. Experience in the field of robot programming, drone technologies, AR/VR, remote interfaces for Human-Robot interaction is beneficial.
    • Excellent methodological skills and an analytical mind-set, ability to work both independently and as a member of a research team.
    • Outstanding communication skills in English, both oral and written.
    • High motivation, ambition and enthusiasm about research in human-robot interaction and remote operation of robots.
    • Excited to work and collaborate with a diverse team of robotics researchers and engineers.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

    Documents Required

    Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
    • A project proposal for the position (max 2 pages). Proposals can include a research statement, a short plan related to the position, a plan for publications and research risk management.
    • A list of Degrees and grade transcripts.
    • The position for which you apply is part of a call for 15 candidates within the AERO-TRAIN project (visit for information about all the available positions). If you have applied or are planning to apply to any of the other positions, please provide a statement containing all the positions you applied for and rank them according to your preferences.
    • A list of scientific and technical publications, awards and certifications that are relevant for the vacancy.
    • Up to 3 relevant publications in related scientific fields.
    • Up to 3 reference letters.

    About the project/department

    • Candidates will be selected based on their merits in the fields related to the expected ESR area of expertise. The board of the network will evaluate all applications, and the top-ranked candidates will be invited for interviews. Note that your data will be made available to the AERO-TRAIN partners for the purpose of conducting the assessment of all candidates.
    • This position is one out of 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions offered within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “AErial RObotic TRAINing for the next generation of European infrastructure and asset maintenance technologies” (AERO-TRAIN; 
    • The AERO-TRAIN project is carried out by a consortium of 14 academic and industrial organizations from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. AERO-TRAIN aims to close the gap between the Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance industry and aerial robotics, with the ambition to keep our invaluable assets operational and safe. The project addresses the fundamental challenges of human-machine interface (e.g., immersive technology, augmented reality) and of precise and robust aerial manipulation for enhanced remote manipulation and inspection evaluation.


    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
    • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


    Associate Professor Matteo Fumagalli,
    Tel:+45 93 56 22 36

    Official advertisement

    PhD scholarship in Remote Control of Aerial Robots for Tool Manipulation

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday June 19th, 2021 (GMT+9)