PhD Scholarship (f/m/d) IGSSE Grant Copula-based Flight Safety Analyses (CopFly)

The Institute of Flight System Dynamics (FSD) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) encompasses a flight safety working group, researching in the area of quantifying risks in aviation. Therefore, we are working on predictive analysis methods that combine physically motivated air vehicle models with large-scale, statistical analyses of operational flight data.

In collaboration with TUM’s Chair of Applied Mathematical Statistics (AMS), we aim to investigate aviation accident scenarios, by combining FSD’s knowledge of flight system dynamics with flexible, stochastic approaches that are developed at AMS. For this interdisciplinary field of research, we are offering a PhD scholarship to an aviation enthusiast, granted by TUM’s International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE).

Your envisioned research

  • Hands-on data engineering: Access several data sources such as Quick Access Recorder, ADS-B, Weather, Terrain, etc., enabling ample accident analyses
  • Flight system dynamics: Develop physically motivated models for air vehicles and associated accident scenarios in aviation
  • Model calibration: Combine physical and stochastic models and calibrate them, using real-world data
  • Uncertainty quantification: Use accident models and real-world data to quantify (very low) probabilities of aviation accidents

Your profile

  • Excellent master’s degree in preferably aerospace or mechanical engineering (or similar)
  • Expertise in system dynamics and probability theory
  • Prior experience in coding in at least one of either Matlab, Python or C++
  • Intrinsically motivated and keen on working in an international and interdisciplinary team

We offer

  • A scholarship of €2000 per month for 36 months, to obtain a PhD from TUM
  • Membership in TUM’s International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE)
  • Interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • Extra funding for international travel (including a three-month research stay abroad)


Planned start of the scholarship is August/September 2020.

We do appreciate equal opportunities and diversity – therefore we particularly encourage women and persons of diverse gender to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

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Please send your application materials, including a CV, your degree with detailed transcript of records and supporting documentation via E-Mail, with subject line ‘Application CopFly’, to:

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via E-Mail, using subject line ‘Query CopFly’.