Postdoc Position for Safety Verification in Autonomous Driving

Technical University of Munich, Germany has an opening postdoctoral researcher position in computer science. The initial contract for this position is 2 years. There is no application deadline for this position.

The Research Group Cyber-Physical Systems of Prof. Matthias Althoff at the Technical University of Munich offers a postdoc position in collaboration with the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, USA. The offered position has a strong focus on safety verification of automated vehicles. 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 January 2018 Closing Date for Applicants: 31 November 2018 Duration: 1-2 years (depending on career plans of applicant) Project and Job Description The focus of this position is on developing new methods for the grand challenge of realizing safe maneuvers of automated vehicles. A special focus will be on considering uncertainties in the future behavior of other traffic participants as well as uncertainties originating from the object retrieval of environment sensors (e.g. video cameras, LIDAR, RADAR, etc.). Using methods from motion planning in conjunction with formal verification techniques, should ensure safe maneuvers despite the aforementioned uncertainties. The goal is to demonstrate the developed methods on an automated vehicle. Job Specifications Applicants should have an excellent scientific track record in engineering or computer science. 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 Formal verification Control theory, signals and systems Software engineering Context The applicant will work directly with Prof. Matthias Althoff ( The project is partially funded by Ford. Besides excellent skills for conducting innovative science, the candidate should also be talented in implementing research results on a real vehicle and presenting research results within an industrial context. The candidate should also be willing to do a research stay in Dearborn, MI, USA for a couple of months. Our Offer Remuneration will be in line with the current German collective pay agreement TV-L E13 (around 3800 Euros/month). 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. Contact International candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Please send a complete application (in English or German) including a CV, the PhD thesis (if applicable), and contact details to Matthias Althoff ( Please do not include a cover letter. We kindly ask you to use the subject line "Postdoc application to Ford Autonomous Driving" in your application email.


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