University of South Carolina is seeking applications for several MSc and PhD positions

The Unmanned Systems & Robotics Lab (USRL) at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications for several MSc and PhD positions in the broader area of UAV based remote sensing applications (perception, navigation and control).

These are fully funded positions including competitive stipend, tuition and health insurance coverage. Both US citizens/residents and international students are encouraged to apply and must meet all the admission requirements of the University of South Carolina.

More information about the study program can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook. The positions are immediately available (to start either September 2024 or January 2025).

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Mech Aero\Elec\Computer Engineering or closely related field.
  2. Excellent English skills (both writing speaking).
  3. Strong fundamental & applied background in unmanned vehicles navigation and control.
  4. Excellent programming skills.
  5. Highly ambitious and enthusiastic researcher in the field of autonomous systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. UAV flying experience.
  2. Experience in hardware and software development.
  3. Experience with Linux/ROS.
  4. Publications in top-tier robotics conferences\journals.

Interested applicants must contact Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios ( providing: Cover letter describing your background, motivations and how your skills meet the above qualifications; clearly mention if you have prior experience with UAVs

Detailed CV with contact information for 2 or 3 references


TOEFL IELTS score (for international applicants only)

GRE score (if available)

Applications will be considered immediately and successful candidates will be notified to schedule an online interview.

Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina (USC) Columbia is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System-the leading educator for the state, serving more than 52,000 students across eight institutions. The flagship institution is located in the capital city of Columbia, SC.

With over 750,000 residents in the greater metro area, Columbia is one of the largest cities in the state and is among the most livable places in the South with easy access to amenities, dining, shopping. entertainment, and outdoor recreation. The city is within a 2-hour drive to nearby beaches, within 90 minutes of the Appalachian Mountains, and within 20 minutes of nearby Lake Murray. Visit Experience Columbia to find out more.

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