Master Thesis: Software Architectural Design for Safety in Automated Driving Systems

Calling all students interested in the design of Advanced Software Systems at Fraunhofer IKS in Munich. Make the most of your talents by joining our Cognitive Software Systems Engineering Department. Posts are immediately available for Master students.

Open systems (of systems) run and interact in a physical world with unforeseeable uncertainties. Cognitive systems are software-intensive technical systems that imitate cognitive capabilities of human behavior by processing the environment data, predicting upcoming changes, adapting to the context, while ensuring that safety is preserved.

At Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS we research and develop methods and technologies that enable intelligent, autonomous systems to respond reliably and safely to unexpected or previously unknown situations. In doing so, we work at the interface between science and industry to bring innovative concepts for cognitive systems into practical application.

Your tasks

  • Analyze safety standards for automated driving systems
  • Derive high level safety requirements for an automated driving system
  • Model a software architecture for a minimal autonomous driving system in AUTOSAR

What we expect from you

  • Master’s student in engineering or equivalent degree
  • Knowledge on software systems engineering
  • Experience in automotive, AUTOSAR or machine learning knowledge is a plus
  • Analytical and structured mindset
  • Good knowledge of the English language

What you can expect from us

  • Participation in a dynamic team with innovative task areas
  • Practical approach to your studies
  • Possibility to continue your work as a researcher

Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.
In case of identical qualifications preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
We would like to point out that the chosen job title also includes the third gender.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft emphasises gender-independent professional equality.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS conducts applied research into the topics of tomorrow: artificial intelligence, cognitive systems and intelligent software architectures for autonomous systems. Our primary focus is safety-critical applications in the areas of Industry 4.0 and automotive, as well as mobile machines and commercial vehicles. We thus develop dependable software technologies for people. For instance, we examine how artificial intelligence can be validated so that it can be utilized even in autonomous vehicles, human-robot interaction and medical instruments. That means we’re paving the way for a dependable digital world.

If we could arise your interest, please apply exclusively online with all the necessary documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates).

Additional questions will be answered gladly by
Núria Mata, please email to:


Published at 9. December 2021
Employment type Working student
Location Hansastraße 32
80686 München