University of Luxembourg

Research Associate (Postdoc) in Control of Space Systems and Mobile Robots

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) invites applications from PhD holders in the general area of control engineering for space systems and mobile robotics within its Automation & Robotics Research Group (ARG). SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners. For further information you may check:

The SnT Automation & Robotics Research Group is a strong and motivated research team led by Prof. Holger Voos. The group focuses on perception and control for autonomous vehicles and robots, including unmanned aerial vehicles, service robots in Industrie 4.0, automated and autonomous cars or satellites and spacecraft. Herein, solutions are investigated that combine optimization-based approaches with methods from artificial intelligence or machine learning, please see also:

Research Associate (Postdoc) in Control of Space Systems and Mobile Robots

Your Role
The successful candidate will contribute to projects in Control Engineering with a main focus on a national research project in collaboration with LuxSpace Sàrl (, a member of the network of OHB companies. This project aims at the development of novel sensing and control approaches to enable a higher degree of autonomy for microsatellites in constellations and for the distributed control of autonomous formation flight of microsatellites. Together with LuxSpace, the research results will be implemented in a development tool and tested using suitable multisatellite test scenarios. In addition, the candidate will also be involved in other research projects related to the control of mobile robots with a strong focus on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In general, the candidate is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the national project “AuFoSat – Development Tool for Autonomous Constellation and Formation Control of Microsatellites” in close collaboration with the partner LuxSpace. Further information about the project is available at:
  • Carry out research in the areas of sensing and control in mobile robotics and UAVs, especially using model predictive control, distributed and networked control as well as intelligent control (incl. machine learning and AI)
  • Coordinating research projects and preparing project deliverables
    *Disseminating results through scientific publications and conferences
  • Preparing new research proposals to attract industrial, national and European projects
  • Providing assistance in the supervision of PhD students

For further information, please contact Prof. Holger Voos (

Your Profile

  • A PhD degree in Control or Robotics Engineering, Mechatronics, Aerospace or Space Engineering or a closely related field
  • At least 3 published journal papers in top 10% international journals of the field, and/or a strong experimentation background and experience of working in industries or university laboratories
  • Sound publication track-record on one or some of the following areas: control (especially model predictive, nonlinear, distributed and/or stochastic control), control applications in mobile robotics or space systems, optimization and machine learning, observer design and estimation, modelling of dynamic systems
  • Development skills in MATLAB/Simulink and C / C++ and Python. Additional experience with STK (Systems Tool Kit) would be an asset
  • Highly committed, excellent team-worker, and strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience in management of research projects is a plus

We offer

The University offers a two-year employment contract which may be extended up to five years. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created research Centre. Since the main research project will be in close collaboration with LuxSpace, you will also gain insight into the space industry.

Further Information

Application should include:

  • Full Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications)
  • Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation
  • A research statement (max 1 page)
  • Contact information for 3 referees
  • All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2020.

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