PhD position for IFD project “HealthDrone” on robotics engineering with application to Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Unmanned Aerial System Center (UAS) at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at SDU is offering a PhD position starting from 1. September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD candidate will work on the HealthDrone project recently funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (see

The research activities will be focusing on systematic approaches to Unmanned Aerial Systems for logistics operations. Key topics include reusable software and embedded hardware for safe and reliable UAS autonomous flight, associated UAS ground infrastructure, and UAS operation risk assessment. The resulting capabilities should be empirically assessed in the context of the HealthDrone project.

The successful candidates are expected to have:

  1. Master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) in UAS, mobile robotics, embedded systems, or related fields.
  2. Strong background in UAS technology and experience with system integration and UAS applications.
  3. Good programming skills (C++, Python, ROS)

Additionally, the candidate should have excellent writing skills and be able to work independently. The ideal candidate also has some experience in UAS risk assessments (SORA). The successful candidate for the position will be affiliated with the UAS center at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, the University of Southern Denmark.

The applicant should provide a cover letter explaining his/her approach to the problem, and at most three articles illustrating his/her publication record and research interests, in addition to standard items such as CV, full publication list, etc. (see below).

Contact information
Further information is available from Center Leader Brad Beach at email:

Important information before applying
Applicants are required to have a relevant master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) at the time of enrollment and employment.

Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position. Employment and enrollment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at SDU in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. The Faculty expects applicants to read the Faculty information for prospective PhD students and the SDU information on how to apply before applying.

The application must be in English and all non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

The applications must include the following – the required forms must be found at the above mentioned Faculty website:

• Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants
• Motivated application. Upload in the field called “Project description”
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae
• Copies of the official bachelor diploma and master’s diploma and transcripts of exams in professional English translation or in Danish
• Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”
• An official document describing both the educational structure and the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”
• Cover letter explaining his/her approach to the problem. Upload in the field called “Other relevant material”
• References, you’re welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website
• List of publications and maximum 3 examples of relevant publications, if any

If shortlisting is used, only shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline: 14 August 2019
Unit: Faculty of Engineering
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday August 14th, 2019