PhD student for the further development and validation of a novel sensor selection methodology for autonomous driving applications

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
The Chemical Energy Carriers and Vehicles Systems Laboratory researches future energy and mobility concepts with reduced climate and environmental impact. We develop new technical solutions in close contact with science and industry.

To strengthen the activities in the research topic "Vehicle Systems" we are looking for a PhD student.

Your tasks

  • Development of a hybrid modelling approach combining sensors on the infrastructure and vehicles
  • Design and setup of dynamic objects for the AD test track
  • Validation of the sensor selection methodology through real-world scenario-based investigations
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and presentation at national/international conferences
  • Supervision of students

Your profile

  • University Master's degree in robotics, mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • Good technical knowledge and high interest in scientific work in the areas indicated above, including vehicle and sensor systems
  • Interest in working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Good knowledge of the German and/or English language

Our offer

  • Interesting and responsible tasks in the field of applied-research
  • Development opportunities in an economically and socially important field
  • Contacts to international partners, customers and suppliers
  • Attractive working conditions of the ETH Domain
We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.
David Heusser, HR Partner


  Dr. Miriam Elser
Group leader
Chemical Energy Carriers and Vehicle Systems Laboratory
+41 58 765 4774

Your future place of work

Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf

Empa as an employer

Innovative, sustainable, meaningful activities
Creating added value for society
International, multicultural working environment
Freedom to create and develop
Culture of inclusion and respect
Excellent balance between different areas of life
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