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Department of Aerospace and Geodesy

The Munich Metropolitan Region is poised to become a European center of aerospace research with the opening of TUM’s new Department of Aerospace and Geodesy. This new hub will bundle around 50 percent of Germany’s total academic research activity in the aerospace and aeronautics sectors. It will also play an active role in shaping technological change – from new transport systems through communications and satellite technology to observing and measuring our planet with unprecedented precision. To achieve this, the new department is harnessing TUM’s long-standing expertise in engineering and natural sciences, creating 30 new professorships, and tapping into strategic collaboration with businesses and research institutions in the greater Munich area.

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We currently seek to fill four Tenure Track Assistant Professorships at the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy:

eAviation: Propulsion & Power Systems

Electric and hybrid electric propulsion promise great opportunities for new aerospace vehicles, enabling completely new types of flying machines and providing new degrees of freedom in design. However, unleashing this potential also poses great challenges – with safety being the top priority and a high vehicular efficiency being a prerequisite for efficient aviation. Detailed expertise on component as well as propulsion system architecture level are required, comprising energy storage, energy and power conversion, power transmission, battery management, motor control and motors along with supervisory logics, control and monitoring. Furthermore, safety of life functions and certification aspects need to be considered from the very beginning.
See the collective call for applications (MyTUM)

Future Air & Ground Mobility: Disruptive Concepts such as Air Taxis & Hyperloop

New technology options, like autonomy and electric flight, hyperloop transportation systems, as well as novel business concepts, e.g. sharing economy, foster novel mobility concepts. In order to successfully apply those new concepts in the aviation & ground domains, certifiable processes and procedures need to be developed and implemented. While compatibility with existing operations needs to be ensured, novel processes and regulatory for the intermodal integration, e.g. in the urban environment, need to be developed.
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Space Transportation Systems: Small & Medium-Size Launchers

The professorship will strengthen the space program Bavaria One. The advent of New Space, the commercialization of spaceflight and space-based services, causes an increasing demand of appropriate launchers, in particular for small satellites and constellations. Also, in Europe established space industry - but new start-up companies as well - are interested in developing small and medium-size launchers. Because this launcher size is relatively new, it requires research in new production measures and operational launch strategies, such as launch flexibility or high launch cadence. This creates chances for novel design aspects that are adapted to smaller payloads and additive manufacturing in production.
See the collective call for applications (MyTUM)

Big Geospatial Data Management: Analysis, Interpretation & Interoperability

As a result of the dramatically increasing possibilities of remote sensing and earth monitoring, photogrammetry, engineering geodesy, robotics and vehicle technology as well as the interconnection of various sensors in the Internet, an unprecedentedly large amount of data is now at our disposal. The extremely high spatial resolutions, the high update rates and the lack of structures place great demands on the storage, efficient processing and also on the automated interpretation of Big Geospatial Data. Innovative approaches for the interpretation, monitoring and interoperability of larger spatiotemporal datasets are to be explored by using machine learning (e.g. deep learning) and multidimensional array database management systems.
See the collective call for applications (MyTUM)

Further open professorship positions and other career opportunities at TUM can be found at www.tum.de/jobs.
For information on TUM Faculty Tenure Track, please visit www.tum.de/faculty-tenure-track.


With over 55 professorships in total – 30 of which are new appointments – TUM’s new department will be the largest faculty of its kind in Europe.

To gain maximum benefit from synergies across disciplines, the new department is establishing several interdisciplinary competence clusters. These cover the entire international research spectrum in aerospace and geodesy.

Key research groups and projects at the department will include:

  • TUM Center for Automated Urban Aerial Mobility, researching the technical and practical feasibility of air taxis
  • Bavaria Sat satellite (Bavarian space program)
  • Earth observation, satellite navigation and space robotics in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen
  • Research into hyperloop technologies and operating models (high-speed transport system, building on student achievements and TUM’s research expertise)

The new department will bring together many of the university’s established fields of expertise, spanning lightweight construction (fiber-reinforced plastics and carbon composites), drive systems, aerodynamics, control and sensor technologies, flight systems (air taxis), alternative energy sources (Ottobrunn algae cultivation center) satellite navigation, remote sensing, earth observation (ESA’s GOCE satellite) and all areas of geodesy.

Doctoral degrees

The department will support two doctoral degree paths, reflecting its blend of engineering and natural sciences:

  • Dr.-Ing. (doctor of engineering), specializing in system-integrated technology research
  • Dr. rer. nat. (doctor of natural sciences), focusing on mathematical and science-based research topics

A departmental graduate center will be established to deliver comprehensive and structured training for doctoral students. This will be modelled on the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE), which has been providing first-class supervision for doctoral students in interdisciplinary research contexts since 2006.

Study programs

Alongside the established Bachelor’s Program in Geodesy and Geoinformation, the new department will in future offer a new Bachelor’s course in Aerospace Engineering, with a particularly strong international focus.

Collaborative training paths, such as the Franco-German Master’s program in Aerospace Systems Engineering (in partnership with ISAE Toulouse), will strengthen the department’s transnational appeal. This first new degree course will start in the 2019/20 winter semester, with more Master’s programs to follow in subsequent semesters. The existing Master’s programs in Cartography and Earth-Oriented Space Science and Technologywill also be transferred to the new department.


The new department will create an unrivalled competence network in the Munich metropolitan region, harnessing the benefits of its location within the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen – Garching – Oberpfaffenhofen triangle. Strategic alliances are in place with:

  • Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG), Airbus, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Munich Aerospace and Ludwig Bölkow Campus GmbH (all Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen)
  • Universität der Bundeswehr (University of the Federal Armed Forces) (Neubiberg)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) and OHB System AG (both Oberpfaffenhofen)
  • MTU Aero Engines AG (München)
  • Startups and high-tech suppliers in the Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt areas

It will also create additional synergies within the university, particularly across the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM), the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) and the other TUM departments.


The headquarters of the new faculty will be at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen. A new faculty building will be constructed in collaboration with the companies and research institutions located there, complete with offices, laboratories, test facilities, a start-up center and student infrastructure.

The department will also be represented at the Garching (TUM research campus), Oberpfaffenhofen (German Aerospace Center and research airport) and Munich (main TUM campus) sites. This will ensure it is ideally placed to benefit from partnerships with established industrial and research institutions in the Munich metropolitan region. All of this will bring an unparalleled depth and range of expertise to the greater Munich area.

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