PhD position in artificial intelligence and advanced autonomy in aerial robotics

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship position within the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark starting in the fall 2018. At Aarhus University, you will have thrilling opportunity to apply the latest artificial intelligence technologies to solve real-world problems, in particular advanced autonomy for aerial robots.


Research area and project description:

We are looking for qualified and talented enthusiast PhD students who wish to investigate embedded guidance, control and navigation problem of unmanned aerial systems using artificial intelligence/machine learning methods with emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, and learning controls for robotics.

Our aim is to leverage the current state-of-the-art autonomy level towards smarter robots, which will learn and interact with their environment, collaborate with people and other robots, plan their future actions and execute the given task accurately.

If you wish to shape the future through the marriage of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning, come and join us, we can create this vision with your help through the alliance of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning.

What you stand to gain? A fully funded PhD position for 3 years (starting Fall 2018) at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University; a fun environment to drive your passion for robotics.

Qualifications and specific competences:


  • A master’s degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science/engineering, control theory, mechatronics, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills
  • Experience in Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Concrete knowledge in C/C++


  • Experience in machine/deep learning
  • Hands on experience in UAVs
  • Demonstration of research activities (conference or journal papers)


Please refer to the official advert [1] for application details and guideline. The deadline for applications via the online system [1] is 01 May 2018.



Do you want to study for a PhD at a top 100 university?

Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide.

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Denmark is home country for Aarhus University and provides a safe and stable environment with great conditions as well as lots of social opportunities. Aarhus is innovative and international, big city but in walking distance, surrounded by forests, parks and sea.
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Salary range:

PhD fellows are employed on the basis of academic trade union agreements, and the salary is regulated accordingly (depending on seniority). The salary amounts to approx. DKK 26,000 per month before tax, excluding pension and holiday (2017). The working and fiscal status of a recipient of a PhD fellowship is that of a university employee.
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Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan, e-mail: