Technical University of Denmark

PhD scholarship in
"Optical/Vision-based 3D positioning from UAVs"


DTU Space is seeking an applicant for a 3-year fully funded Ph.D. position in relative navigation from UAVs. Advanced lightweight UAVs hold tremendous potential for a wide range of civilian applications including geomagnetic surveying and monitoring. The candidate will contribute to the development of a completely new positioning and attitude system for a device attached below a UAV and used for magnetic data collection (a magnetometer bird). An essential part of this is the development and implementation of precise relative 3D position and attitude determination of the bird fx by 3D positioning using stereo cameras or laser-tracking of retro-reflective mirrors. The PhD position will be funded by the UAV-QMS project (Innovation Fund Denmark) and will be a collaborative effort between DTU Space and the private company Sky-Watch A/S. The candidate will work closely together with an aerodynamic modeler in charge of designing the bird.

Responsibilities and tasks

The successful candidate will have a background in electrical engineering or similar. The candidate will in cooperation with researchers at DTU Space develop and implement a high precision position and attitude system relative to the UAV. This includes knowledge of Kalman filtering, optical/vision-based 3D positioning (e.g., computer stereo vision by extraction of 3D information from digital images or by laser-tracking), GPS, programming (e.g., Matlab). The candidate will also develop software for reducing the instability caused by the attachment system (slung load effect). Willingness to travel and work in an international environment as well as performing field work in Denmark, UK and Greenland with the UAV is essential. The candidate will be part of a team consisting of scientists from DTU Space and Sky-Watch A/S.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Approval and Enrolment The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide. Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Per Knudsen, Researcher Jakob Jakobsen and Senior Researcher Arne Døssing Andreasen We offer We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The current salary is approximately DKK 29.300 which presently is equivalent to approximately $ 4.200 (pension contribution included). The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be on DTU Lyngby Campus. A study period of up to 6 months at University of Calgary can be expected during the 3 years. Fieldwork campaigns in Denmark, UK and Greenland are expected. Expected starting date is May 1st 2016.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Jakob Jakobsen DTU Space, tel.: +45 4525 9778.

You can read more about DTU Space on www.space.dtu.dk

Application

Please submit your online application no later than February 15th 2016. Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. DTU Space is the national leader in Precise Navigation for UAVs and in geomagnetic observations and models. We offer a high quality PhD program in an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

published: 21 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.