Research Assistant with Specialization in Drones and Robotics – Odense, Denmark

SDU UAS Center

SDU UAS Center, part of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), invites applications for an open position as research assistant to support our portfolio of ongoing and future research projects within Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, Drones) and autonomous robotic systems in general. The position is a 2-year employment with the possibility of extension. The employment will take place from 1st of August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The application deadline is 10 June 2024 at 11.59 PM / 23.59 (CET/CEST) 

What we offer
The successful candidate will become part of the SDU UAS Center, where we conduct research in civil drone technologies and future drone applications within areas such as inspection, nature conservation, agriculture, and healthcare. Together we create drone solutions to the benefit of society. We offer a positive work environment and a close connection to the world-leading Robotics community of Odense.

What we expect

The desired candidate has a relevant engineering degree in drones, robotics, electronics, software, or another related field at MSc level or higher, and should have expertise in several of the following areas:

  • Research and development within drones or robot platforms, subsystems, and payloads
  • Software design and development (C, C++, Python)
  • Embedded systems software (RTOS, ROS)
  • Sensors and signal processing
  • Electronics design and development.

In addition, experience with UAS operations (experiments, piloting) is an advantage. Moreover, since the position will involve teaching activities, teaching experience is also considered an advantage. The candidate will be part of the SDU UAS Center and is expected to participate in the center’s project portfolio and outreach activities.

Work area
Tasks could include, but are not limited to, research and development within:

  • Computer vision
  • Robotics
  • Control systems
  • Software
  • Embodiment
  • Embedded electronics.

For certain projects, and for tasks at the Drone labs at HCA airport, a security check by relevant authorities and a driver’s license are required.

For further information please contact Professor Ulrik Pagh Schultz[email protected],  +45 6550 3570.

If you experience technical problems, you must contact [email protected]

Application procedure

Before applying the candidates are expected to read the SDU information on How to apply and Faculty information on How to apply – Academic staff.

The application and all enclosed documents must be in English and must include:

  • Motivated application.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including contact information. 
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc, BSc, and PhD if relevant). 
  • If relevant list of publications indicating the publications attached.
  • Examples of the most relevant publications if you have any. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
  • Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

Applications received after the deadline or outside the official recruitment portal will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Assessment and selection process

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee or an expert. Shortlisting may be applied. Only shortlisted candidates will receive a written assessment. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the faculty. Interviews and tests may be part of the selection process.

Conditions of employment
Applicants must hold a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) at the time of employment.

The employment as research assistant is a temporary and limited to 2 years. Employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.Further information on salary and taxation.

Research and/or teaching assignments will be predominant in the position. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. The faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

The application deadline is 10 June 2024 at 11.59 PM / 23.59 (CET/CEST) 


  • All files must be in English.
  • Documents should not contain a CPR number (civil registration number) – in this case, the CPR number must be crossed out.
  • The application and CV must not exceed 10 MB. 

The University of Southern Denmark wishes to reflect the surrounding community and therefore encourages everyone, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.


SDU creates value for and with society and shapes the future through high quality, talented people and outstanding environments. The University of Southern Denmark is a world-class university deeply rooted the the Region of Southern Denmark. Since it’s founding, SDU has been driven by an ambition to promote research results that develop society.

The major challenges of the 21st century are complex and multifaceted; sustainable change and solutions require new – often interdisciplinary – research-based knowledge, and the University of Southern Denmark is an indispensable stakeholder in the transition process.

Value, quality, talented people and environmental excellence are the core of the University of Southern Denmark’s strategic initiatives.

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