City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Apr 11, 2024

Master Thesis - Development of Omnidirectional Drive Modules for Outdoor Robots

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

In the Professional Service Robots - Outdoor research group we develop autonomous, mobile robots for a variety of outdoor applications, such as agriculture and forestry. The focus is on the development of an autonomous outdoor navigation solution as well as the hardware of the robots.
In ongoing projects, we are continuously developing our mobile agricultural robots - CURTmini, CURTdiff and CURTmaxi ( Rough terrain, steep slopes and muddy ground make it difficult for them to navigate autonomously along planned paths. In order to overcome or maneuver around all obstacles, robust, omnidirectional drive modules are to be developed for these robots. The proposed thesis topic will therefore deal with the prototypical development of such modules.


What you will do

This master's thesis deals with the systematic design, development and testing of electromechanical omnidirectional drive modules that are specially designed for outdoor robot applications. The first step is therefore to carry out a requirements analysis from which the necessary parameters for the scenarios under consideration can be derived. In addition to off-road mobility, important requirements include robustness and cost efficiency. For the evaluation, a concept developed in CAD is designed, set up in our workshop and tested under real conditions. You will work closely with our team of experts from the fields of robotics, software development and mechatronics and contribute to the further development of autonomous outdoor robots.


What you bring to the table

  • Background in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or similar 
  • Profound knowledge mechanical design and design methods (e.g. VDI 2221)
  • Experience with CAD software 
  • Enthusiasm for mobile robotics
  • Fluent in English or German 
  • Craft skills is a plus


What you can expect

  • Cutting-edge technology in the field of outdoor mobile robotics 
  • Hands on with our robots on our own test fields in Stuttgart
  • Take on responsibility and freedom to implement your own ideas
  • Work with the best students in their discipline 
  • Familiar atmosphere including Cake Friday


We also offer the possibility of direct entry for excellent graduates.


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

If you are interested, please submit a short letter of motivation on your personal favourite topic listed above, CV, current grade transcript to 

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA 


Requisition Number: 71228                Application Deadline:


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