PhD Position in Modeling and Control of the Human Hand

Technical University of Munich Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence


PhD Position in Modeling and Control of the Human Hand

About us

Located in the prosperous capital of Bavaria and home to over 39,000 students, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the world’s top universities (top 4 European technical universities in THE World University Ranking, top 50 in Shanghai Ranking, top 10 in Global University Employability Ranking, etc.). It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education, and the active promotion of promising young scientists. TUM benefits from the healthy mix of companies and startups of all sizes headquartered in the region and is tightly connected to regional research hospitals. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world.

The TUM Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) is directed by Prof. Sami Haddadin (2019 Leibniz prize winner). The MSRM is a globally visible interdisciplinary research center for machine intelligence, which is the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence and perception. Its three central application focuses are the future of health, the future of work, and the future of mobility. More than 50 professors from various TUM faculties cooperate within the framework of MSRM.


We are looking for an EXCELLENT PhD student to join our team. Please consider applying if you have a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, biomechanics, or a comparable field. We are looking for individuals with experience in some of the following areas and strong interest to further develop their skills:

• Modelling, control and simulation
• Multibody dynamics and kinematics
• Programming: Matlab/Simulink, C++, C#
• Computer graphics
• Mechatronic systems, sensors and data-acquisition
• Human hand anatomy
• Musculoskeletal modelling

During your PhD, you work on various subjects including:

• Musculoskeletal modelling of the human hand (kinematics, tendon-system, friction, dynamics, interaction)
• Identification of model parameters
• Research in human hand motor control (Impedance control, synergy-based control, energy-based control)
• Human experiments and analysis with focus on hands
• 3D visualization of human hand model

What we offer

• Stimulating, high-paced environment for cutting-edge research in various fields including robotics, machine learning, systems intelligence, musculoskeletal and neurological studies.
• Pleasant working conditions with interesting and challenging tasks in collaboration with a talented and interdisciplinary scientific and management team.
• An exceptional opportunity to experience research in a highly inspiring international environment and to learn from some of the world's leading researchers.
• The opportunity to develop your professional research and leadership skills in a high-impact field with excellent career opportunities.

How to apply?

The following documents are needed for applications:

• 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

Interested applicants should send us the necessary documents via email to: quoting “PhD Application, Modeling and Control of the Human Hand” in the e-mail subject line. The positions will be filled as soon as possible and only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Preference will be given to applications received before June 20th, 2020. 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.

Technische Universität München
Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence
Heßstraße 134
80797 München

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