Postdoc Software for Autonomous Systems at Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich, Germany is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship position in cognitive science. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

Fortiss is the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services with headquarters in Munich. The institute currently employs around 170 employees, who collaborate on research, development and transfer projects with universities and technology companies in Bavaria, Germany and Europe. Research is focused on state of the art methods, techniques and tools of software development, systems & service engineering and their application to reliable, secure cyber-physical systems, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). fortiss has the legal structure of a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH). Its shareholders are the Free State of Bavaria (as majority shareholder) and the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research.

The Autonomous Systems & Sensor Systems department pursues research in software for autonomous systems, e.g., cars, drones and is open to other application domains, e.g., IT or medicine. We develop bleeding edge AI solutions with skills like sensor fusion, computer vision, intent recognition, behavior prediction and generation - not paper work only but also hands-on work with immediate application in industrial cooperation projects. We are not specialized in one subdomain of cognition but try to target holistic solutions: How to implement cognitive machines? How to verify and certify such systems especially when based on AI? How to integrate uncertainty? How to consider interaction with other traffic participants? How to develop such algorithms while ensuring the safety of the system?

In this department, we search for a new team member:

Postdoc - Software for Autonomous Systems


Your tasks:

- Support the department in developing demonstrators: autonomous driving library on a modified Volkswagen Passat, drone lab, software simulator for interaction-aware behavior; infrastructure sensors on public streets

- Mentor PhD candidates in above research areas; coaching in topics like paper writing, research vision & agenda and knowledge management

- Initiate new research projects, lead research projects

- Support department heads in project acquisitions (develop projects plans for industry projects, write proposals for publicly-funded German or EU projects)

- Present project ideas to candidate industry partners in their premises

- Take part in cross-department activities: initiate workshops with other research groups, take part in the scientific coordination of our tech days, initiate inter-department Projects


Your profile:

- A PhD in computer science, robotics or other PhD with relevant experiences on Autonomous Systems

- Research experience in sensor fusion, trajectory planning, behavior prediction or computer vision

- If experience in only one of these domains, you should at least have interest for the other domains

- Interest in safety of autonomous systems, in cognitive science, in symbolic AI

- Curiosity, pragmatism, listening skills, interest towards applying your research

- Hands-on experience in programming (ideally in Python and/or C++)

- Very good spoken and written English, knowledge of German is a strong plus


Our offer:

- A young, enthusiastic and team-oriented atmosphere

- A uniquely diverse environment where researchers in, e.g., autonomous driving, robotics, avionics, formal methods regularly side by side: collaboration between departments is not just appreciated, it is encouraged

- The scientifically push the research on Autonomous Systems forward but still being strongly connected to applications, the chance to address real problems but without diving into the boredom of pure engineering

- Compensation according to German academia standards (Tarifvertrag fr den ffentlichen Dienst: "TV-L")


Did we catch your interest?

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Contact: Dr. Henrik Putzer, Dr. Vincent Aravantinos


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