Open-topic Ph.D. student position, the Assistive Intelligent Robotics Lab, FAU Erlangen, Germany

The Assistive Intelligent Robotics Lab, within the Department of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering (AIBE) at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany is seeking to hire one


Open-topic Ph.D. candidate


You will explore and find an exciting scientific topic in the field of Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics, with specific focus on intent detection and somatosensory feedback for exoskeletons. The goal of your research will mainly focus on upper- and lower-limb rehabilitation of patients of musculo-skeletal diseases, but we will also look at industrial devices.

You will also participate in the shaping of the AIROB, our research facility, dealing with technological, scientific and human-related aspects of medical robotics.

The scientific topics you will delve into are, among others, signal processing, machine learning, interaction design, the psychology of human-robot interaction, virtual reality, and in general the design of apt human-machine interfaces for rehabilitation and assistive devices.

Our ultimate goal, and yours too, is the translation of technology to the clinics and, in the very end, to the patients, in order to ease their recovery and their life.

Teaching and mentoring

You will support the group’s teaching activities at the Bachelor and Master’s level – this includes (but is not limited to) advising candidates, organizing seminars and holding lectures, computer labs and journal clubs.


Your position will initially be full-time for three years, then renewable as required. You will be paid according to the German public administration ranking E13 according to your qualification and previous experience. The minimum initial gross salary is in excess of EUR 51000 p.a.

The Assistive Intelligent Robotics Lab / Group

The Lab, headed by Prof. Claudio Castellini, is developing strong ties with the local Faculty of Medicine, as well as all members of the Faculty of Engineering and with local companies such as, e.g., Siemens and Schäffler.


As the ideal candidate, you

  • hold an M.Sc. degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or a closely related field,
  • have competencies related to Biomedical Engineering, Rehab and/or Assistive Robotics,
  • possess a good University track record – a publication in our field is considered a big plus,
  • can work independently and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously,
  • have excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English, and
  • are enthusiastic about technology and science.

Do you think you are the one? Then apply!

Send your application directly to Prof. Claudio Castellini,, as a single PDF file containing

  • a motivation letter
  • your CV
  • notes transcripts, both at the B.Sc. and M.Sc. level,
  • letters of recommendation
  • links to your projects,
  • anything else which could convince us to hire you.

Please start the subject of your mail as follows: [Open-topic PhD position].

Your deadline: April 28th, 2023.

Applications received after this date will strictly not be considered.

Good luck!