Master Thesis/Internship: Mechatronics

In order to strengthen our dedicated team in the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) research department in Bremen we are looking for a  

Master Thesis/Internship Mechatronics (full-time/part-time, 3 – 9 months) 

The Robotics Innovation Center research department, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kirchner, develop robot systems that are used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air, and in space. The recently established underactuated lab at DFKI-RIC is looking for outstanding students to join us in pushing the boundaries of highly dynamic and agile robots. Past internships and master thesis students have presented their work at the Summer of Underactuation events in 2022 and 2023.


Recently, legged robots (such as [1] and [2]) have become a prime topic for robotics research.  For advancing the research on quadrupeds and Bipeds at DFKI, the underactuated lab is looking for a mechatronics intern/master thesis student. The tasks will include developing new mechatronic systems to upgrade the quadruped and Biped robots at the DFKI RIC’s Underactuated Robotics lab. These include development and integration of new contact detection sensor setups, perception systems, embedded systems, and control systems.

Our requirements:

A good background in mechatronics system design including CAD, electronics, embedded systems, and programming. Knowledge in mathematical concepts such as linear algebra, numerical methods, and optimization along with control theory is a plus.

Software: SolidWorks, C/C++, Python, Embedded Systems such as Raspberry Pi


1. Soni, R., Harnack, D., Isermann, H., Fushimi, S., Kumar, S. and Kirchner, F., 2023, October. End-to-End Reinforcement Learning for Torque Based Variable Height Hopping. In 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 7531-7538). IEEE.

2. J. Eβer et al., "Design, analysis and control of the series-parallel hybrid RH5 humanoid robot," 2020 IEEE-RAS 20th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 2021, pp. 400-407, doi: 10.1109/HUMANOIDS47582.2021.9555770

Please contact Dennis Mronga for further information and send your application via E-Mail to

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Research Department
Robotics Innovation Center
Robert-Hooke-Str. 1
28359 Bremen, Germany
Phone: +49 421 17845 6560

last updated 31.03.2023