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PhD Program Coordinator – CLS - ELLIS (m/f/d, 75 - 100%)

The Max Planck-ETH Center for Learning Systems (http://learning-systems.org) addresses cross-disciplinary research questions in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and robotics on large and small scales. Being the first joint research center of ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Society, it coordinates and supports research projects between various departments at ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart/Tuebingen. The Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems forms a highly interdisciplinary graduate program of internationally renowned faculty, providing world-leading research opportunities and the ability for students to obtain a PhD degree in our unique graduate program. The Max Planck-ETH Center aspires to play a leading role in networking excellence across European AI research, and we anticipate that this position will have potential for development / growth (https://ellis.eu).

Staff Position

Contact: Sabrina Jung Eva Laemmerhirt Leila Masri


Studentische Hilfskraft (m/f/d) - Inventarisierung

  • Tübingen

Am Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme in Tübingen wird in der Abteilung „Empirische Inferenz“ von Prof. Schölkopf in Tübingen ab sofort für 3 Monate eine studentische Hilfskraft für 83 Stunden pro Monat gesucht.

Student Position

Contact: Lidia Pavel Sabrina Rehbaum


Student assistant (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

Has exercising ever felt like a chore? What if you could play with a robot and get the benefits of active physical exercise? Led by Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, the MPI-IS Haptic Intelligence department aims to develop new technologies for generating realistic social-physical interactions with robots. We are investigating motivational exercise interactions beneficial to therapy, and designing new robot behavior based on this knowledge.


Department Assistant (50% f/m/d)

  • Stuttgart

The Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is seeking an experienced department assistant to join our vibrant and rapidly expanding community. With over 400 employees on our Stuttgart and Tübingen campuses, MPI-IS is conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of micro- and nano-robotics, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, biorobotics, medical robotics, computer vision, controls, machine learning, and much more. In addition, our institute is a founding member of Cyber Valley, a research network of key players in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, including major industry partners.


Medical Imaging Engineer/Technician (m/w/d)

  • Stuttgart

The Medical Systems Central Scientific Service Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart, Germany, is seeking an experienced MRI Engineer or Technician. This scientific service group focuses, among other things, on scientific research and service related to medical imaging, physics and instrumentation, medical miniature robot systems, and in vivo small animal (mouse and rat) experiments.


Reisekostensachbearbeitung (50-100%)

  • Tuebingen

Staff Position

Contact: Sabrina Jung


Motion Capture Assistant / mini-job (450€)

  • Tübingen

The Perceiving Systems Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Motion Capture Assistant / mini-job (450€) to fulfill the tasks of processing motion capture data to be used in research projects.


Administrative Assistant (f/m/d) for the Institute’s Doctoral Programs (100%)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) was founded in 2011 to understand the organizing principles of autonomous systems by combining theory, computation, robotics, materials science, and biology. Housed on both the Tübingen and Stuttgart Max Planck campuses, the institute consists of five interdisciplinary departments (Autonomous Motion, Empirical Interference, Haptic Intelligence, Perceiving Systems, and Physical Intelligence), thirteen independent research groups, several shared scientific facilities and workshops, and central administrative support.

Staff Position

Submit your application to: kerstin.mcgaughey@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Kerstin McGaughey Leila Masri


Administrative Assistant / mini-job (450 €)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for an administrative assistant to assist with diverse tasks required to support research activities and the administration of the Optics and Sensing Laboratory.


Student Research Assistant Position as Lab Manager/Study Coordinator (f/m/d)

  • Tübingen

The Rationality Enhancement Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a student research assistant who will support the group’s experiments on metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.

Student Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Maria Wirzberger


PhD position on privacy preserving machine learning

  • Tübingen

The privacy preserving machine learning group, headed by Dr. Mijung Park at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Tübingen in Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f) for a project at the intersection of privacy and machine learning.

PhD Position

Submit your application to: mijung.park@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Mijung Park


HiWi/Student assistant: Help us Present our Research

  • Stuttgart/Tuebingen, Germany

HiWi/Student assistant: Help us Present our Research -- Visualizing Research in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Control, and Networked Systems

Student Project Position

Contact: Dominik Baumann Friedrich Solowjow Sebastian Trimpe


Early Career Research Group Leader (100%/m/f/d) Privacy, Fairness or Transparency in Machine Learning

  • Tübingen

The Tübingen AI Center aims to foster a world-class research ecosystem in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Center is one of four competence centers recently funded by Germany's Ministry of Education and Research with seven million euros for an initial four years and will provide research groups at the University of Tübingen (UT) and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) with a place to develop learning systems. It is part of the major Cyber Valley initiative in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region, where many partners in academia and industry have joined forces to work in the area of artificial intelligence.


Early Career Research Group Leader (100%/m/f/d) - Machine learning

  • Tübingen

The Tübingen AI Center aims to foster a world-class research ecosystem in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Center is one of four competence centers recently funded by Germany's Ministry of Education and Research with seven million euros for an initial four years and will provide research groups at the University of Tübingen (UT) and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) with a place to develop learning systems. It is part of the major Cyber Valley initiative in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region, where many partners in academia and industry have joined forces to work in the area of artificial intelligence.


Master thesis: Learning Control for Adaptive Locomotion of Soft Microrobots

  • Stuttgart, Germany

In this Master thesis project, we want to develop learning controllers with Bayesian optimization for adaptive locomotion of soft microrobots.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: vonrohr@is.mpg.de
Contact: Alexander von Rohr Sebastian Trimpe


PhD Student Position on Machine Learning Methods for Discovering Human-Interpretable Decision Rules (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a Ph.D, student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.

PhD Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Postdoc/Researcher Position on Machine Learning Methods for Discovering Human-Interpretable Decision Rules (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a researcher (m/f/d) or postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Information Technology Coordinator (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

The Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is seeking an experienced IT professional to join our vibrant and rapidly expanding community. With over 400 employees on our Stuttgart and Tübingen campuses, MPI-IS is conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of micro- and nano-robotics, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, biorobotics, medical robotics, computer vision, controls, machine learning, and much more. In addition, our institute is a founding member of Cyber Valley, a research network of key players in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, including major industry partners.

Staff Position

Contact: Joey Burns Ildikó Papp-Wiedmann


Thesis/Hiwi job: Augmented reality interaction pipeline

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Thesis writing student (Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis) to develop an Augmented Reality (AR) interaction pipeline. The interaction pipeline will be a basis for future research projects as well as for integration of the latest tracking models for human bodies or specific body parts (e.g. hands), that have been developed in the institute.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: senya@tue.mpg.de
Contact: Senya Polikovsky


Developing interfaces for multi camera control system

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for an Intern (Bachelor or Master student) to develop a graphical user interface (GUI) for a multi-sensor recording system using a C++ Qt5 framework.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: matvey.safroshkin@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Matvey Safroshkin


Thesis/Hiwi job: 3dsMax Camera System Simulation Optics and Sensing Laboratory

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Thesis writing student (Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis) to develop a synthetic scanner simulator and light stage based on 3dMax utilizing photo realistic rendering techniques.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: senya@tue.mpg.de
Contact: Senya Polikovsky


Student assistant: Aerial Outdoor Motion Capture (AirCap)

  • Tübingen

Within the scope of the Max Planck grassroots project AirCap and Autonomous MoCap, there is one open student assistant (HiWi) position. It can also lead to an opportunity for doing  master thesis in the Robot Perception group at the Perceiving Systems department.

Student Position

Contact: Aamir Ahmad Melanie Feldhofer Sabrina Jung


Student research assistants (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for student research assistants (m/f/d) with max. 83 hours/month to support ongoing research projects related to mechanisms of metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.

Student Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Mechatronics Scientist / Engineer (m/f/x) for the Central Scientific Facility of Cyber Valley

  • Stuttgart

The Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is seeking a mechatronics expert to join our vibrant and rapidly expanding research community.

Staff Position

Contact: Jonathan Fiene


Student research assistants (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for student research assistants (m/f/d) with max. 83 hours/month to support ongoing research projects related to mechanisms of metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Embedded System Design of an Agile Mobile Robot

  • Stuttgart, Germany

Student project (Hiwi, Bachelor, Master): Development of a flywheel-driven testbed for non-linear learning control

Student Position

Submit your application to: geist@is.mpg.de
Contact: Andreas Rene Geist Sebastian Trimpe


Internships and research assistantships

  • Tübingen

The Rationality Enhancement Group has several openings for (paid) internships, bachelor/master theses (in cognitive science, computer science, psychology, and other related disciplines) and research assistants. If you are interested please take a look at the projects described below. To apply for one of these projects please send your CV, transcripts, previous publications or thesis (if any), and a cover letter explaining your motivation and why you think you are a great fit for the project to re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de. Please put the title of the project you are applying for in the subject header. Furthermore, please arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD Position on Program Induction Methods for Discovering Decision Strategies (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.

PhD Position

Contact: Falk Lieder


Postdoc position on Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of computational cognitive science and applied psychology.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD position on Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of computational cognitive science and applied psychology.

PhD Position

Contact: Falk Lieder


Postdoc on Metacognitive Learning (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of psychology and machine learning.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD position on Metacognitive Learning (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of psychology and machine learning.

PhD Position

Contact: Falk Lieder


PostDoc positions in Inference

  • Tübingen

The newly established Physics for Inference and Optimization Group, headed by Caterina De Bacco, within the Cyber Valley at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a PostDoc scientist in the area of machine learning, particularly in inference, starting early 2019. Our research aims to build general and flexible models at the interface between Statistical Physics and Computer Science to study application-oriented problems that involve experts from different disciplines. More specifically, we aim to develop models and methodologies to: • perform inference on locally interacting systems, systems where individual entities interact with a small number of neighbors and that can often be represented as networks • that are application-oriented and involve handling real-world data • incorporate domain expertise through direct collaborations with experts from different disciplines, in particular social scientists Main website: http://cdebacco.com Department website: https://pio.is.tue.mpg.de/

PostDoc Position

Contact: Caterina De Bacco


PhD positions in Routing Optimization and Optimal Transport

  • Tübingen

The newly established Physics for Inference and Optimization Group, headed by Caterina De Bacco, within the Cyber Valley at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for PhD students in the area of machine learning, particularly in routing optimization and optimal transport, starting early 2019. Our research aims to build general and flexible models at the interface between Statistical Physics and Computer Science to study application-oriented problems that involve experts from different disciplines. More specifically, we aim to develop models and methodologies to: • perform routing optimization on networks • that incorporates methods from statistical physics, e.g. message-passing algorithms as the cavity method, with approaches from optimal transport theory • that allow for efficient algorithmic implementations Main website: http://cdebacco.com Department website: https://pio.is.tue.mpg.de/

PhD Position

Contact: Caterina De Bacco


PhD positions in Inference

  • Tübingen

The newly established Physics for Inference and Optimization Group, headed by Caterina De Bacco, within the Cyber Valley at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for PhD students in the area of machine learning, particularly in inference, starting early 2019. Our research aims to build general and flexible models at the interface between Statistical Physics and Computer Science to study application-oriented problems that involve experts from different disciplines. More specifically, we aim to develop models and methodologies to: • perform inference on locally interacting systems, systems where individual entities interact with a small number of neighbors and that can often be represented as networks • that are application-oriented and involve handling real-world data • incorporate domain expertise through direct collaborations with experts from different disciplines, in particular social scientists Main website: http://cdebacco.com Department website: https://pio.is.tue.mpg.de/

PhD Position

Contact: Caterina De Bacco


Young Researchers Tübingen

  • Tuebingen

The newly established Minerva Research Group on Probabilistic Learning, headed by Isabel Valera, within the Department of Empirical Inference at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany, is looking for PhD students in the area of machine learning, particularly in Bayesian modeling and inference, starting early 2019.

PhD Position

Contact: Isabel Valera


Master Theses Projects in Vision-based Autonomous Systems

  • MPI-IS Tübingen, Germany

The Embodied Vision group investigates novel approaches to vision-based perception and learning for intelligent systems that are closely coupled with control and planning. We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in computer science, electrical or control engineering, applied mathematics or physics and are eager to pursue their Master thesis on a research topic in our group.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: joerg.stueckler@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Jörg Stückler


Student Assistant (HiWi)/Internship Positions in Vision-based Autonomous Systems

  • MPI-IS Tübingen, Germany

The Embodied Vision group investigates novel approaches to vision-based perception and learning for intelligent systems that are closely coupled with control and planning. We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in computer science, electrical or control engineering, applied mathematics or physics to support our research as student assistants (HiWi) or interns.

Student Position

Submit your application to: joerg.stueckler@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Jörg Stückler


HiWi/student position: Intelligent control of cyber-physical systems

  • Stuttgart or Tuebingen

HiWi / part-time student assistant / internship position to support research in machine learning, control, and networked systems.

Student Position

Contact: Dominik Baumann Sebastian Trimpe


Predictive Triggering for Multi-agent Systems

  • Tuebingen/Stuttgart

Master thesis project on intelligent resource allocation in distributed control of multi-agent systems

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: dbaumann@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Dominik Baumann Sebastian Trimpe


Master Thesis Projects on Learning Control

  • Stuttgart or Tuebingen, Germany

Machine learning for advanced control of autonomous systems. We are continuously looking for outstanding students who are eager to do their Master thesis on a challenging project at the intersection of Machine Learning and Control.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: trimpe@is.mpg.de
Contact: Sebastian Trimpe


Big Data Engineer

  • Tuebingen

We are looking for a Big Data Engineer for our Central Scientific Facility "Scientific Computing" to develop a Big Data technology ecosystem

Graduate Position

Submit your application to: personal@vw.mpi-stuttgart.mpg.de
Contact: Sabrina Jung Jojumon Kavalan


Post Doctoral Researchers and Research Scientists

  • Tübingen, Germany

Outstanding candidates in all areas of computer vision will be considered but special emphasis will be given to candidates with experience in modeling and estimating human and animal shape including 3D mesh models, statistical shape modeling, 3D vision, articulated pose estimation, and non-rigid models of clothing, hair and fur. While our focus is basic research, we also pursue commercial applications and applications in neuroscience.

PostDoc Position

Contact: Melanie Feldhofer


PhD Scholarships in Geometric Statistics

  • Tübingen, Germany

We are seeking students interested in building princpled statistical models for solving problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. You will work an international team interested in building the best possible shape models. For details, see the PDF.

PhD Position

Contact: Melanie Feldhofer


Internships for graduate students / PhD students

  • Tübingen, Germany

Internship in 3D Computer Vision at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen


Nominations sought for the position of Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • Tübingen, Germany

The MPI for Intelligent Systems is in the process of identifying candidates for a new Director. Our institute seeks to understand the principles of perception, action and learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems. The institute studies these principles in biological, computational, hybrid, and material systems ranging from nano to macro scales. We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines mathematics, computation, material science, and biology.

Staff Position

Contact: Sabrina Jung