City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Nov 28, 2023

Master Thesis - Development of robotic manipulators for mobile outdoor robots in agriculture

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

CURT is the name of the robot family being developed in the Professional Service Robots - Outdoor research group. These are autonomous, mobile robots for a variety of outdoor applications, such as agriculture and forestry.  The focus is on the hardware development of the robots themselves and on autonomous outdoor navigation.
For this purpose we are looking for you to participate in the further development of manipulators for specific tasks in the agricultural and forestry sector.


What you do at the IPA

Our CURT robots move autonomously in different scenarios in the context of agriculture and forestry. To be able to interact with the environment, novel manipulators are developed. Your task is the structured analysis, conception and further development of such manipulators including assembly and testing in the laboratory or under real conditions. One possible area of application is the mechanical removal of weeds in order to make herbicides obsolete and thus reduce the burden on the environment. 


From you

  • Background in robotic actuators
  • Profound CAD skills (SolidWorks or similar) 
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Fluent in English or German 
  • Excellent grades


For you

  • Cutting-edge robots developed in-house 
  • Hands on with our robots on our own test fields
  • Take responsibility and implement your own ideas
  • Great teammates
  • Cake Friday


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 


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


Frau Lisa Bauer
Tel. +49 711 970-3681

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA 


Requisition Number: 67059                Application Deadline:


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