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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.


Head of Administration (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart/Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is a leading international research institute that addresses fundamental questions in artificial intelligence and robotics. By joining forces with partners from science and industry, we have created one of the largest research collaborations in Europe in the field of artificial intelligence – the Cyber Valley. The institute sites in Stuttgart and Tübingen conduct cutting-edge research in theory, software, and hardware.


Motion Capture Student Assistant, 10hrs/week

  • Tübingen

The Perceiving Systems Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a

Student Position

Contact: Nicole Overbaugh Andrea Keller


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


International Officer (100%)

  • Tübingen

Das Max Planck Institut für Intelligente Systeme hat zwei Standorte in Stuttgart und Tübingen und verbindet Spitzenforschung in Theorie, Software und Hardware im Bereich der intelligenten Systeme unter einem Dach. Am Standort Tübingen suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine*n

Staff Position

Submit your application to: sabrina.jung@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Sabrina Jung


Mitarbeiter*in Facility Management (Meister oder Techniker)

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme verbindet Spitzenforschung in Theorie, Software und Hardware im Bereich der intelligenten Systeme unter einem Dach.
Zur Beratung  und Gewährleistung des Arbeitsschutzes und der Unfallverhütung suchen wir am Standort Tübingen zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine*n Mitarbeiter*in Facility Management (Meister oder Techniker) mit Zusatzqualifikation Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit (100%)


Interim Koordinator für den SFB1233 (100%)

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme verbindet Spitzenforschung in Theorie, Soft-ware und Hardware im Bereich der intelligenten Systeme unter einem Dach.


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


Post-doc position in machine learning (100%)

  • Tuebingen

We are looking for a Post-doc in the area of machine learning

PostDoc Position

Contact: Valentin Volchkov Sabrina Jung


PhD position in the area of machine learning in holography

  • Tuebingen

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the area of machine learning

PhD Position

Contact: Valentin Volchkov Sabrina Jung


Medical technical assistant (MTA) (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems 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. We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines engineering, computation, material science, and biology. At our Stuttgart site, the Physical Intelligence Department (http://pi.is.mpg.de) focuses parts of its research on micro-robots, which, in the future, will be used in the human body to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer. The Physical Intelligence Department is searching for a full-time Medical technical assistant (MTA) (m/f/d) or a biological technical assistant (BTA) (m/f/d) or similar qualification.

Staff Position

Submit your application to: office.sitti@is.mpg.de


Thesis: 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: 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


Scientific Coordinator (m/f/d) 75-100%

  • Tuebingen


Finance Manager / Controller (m/f/d)

  • Campus Stuttgart

We are looking for a Finance Manager/Controller (m/f/d)

Graduate Position


Computer Scientist / Software Engineer (m/f/d) for the Central Scientific Facility of the Cyber Valley

  • Tuebingen

Our Institute The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is a leading center for research in computer vision, robotics, and machine learning. Our research seeks to understand mathematical prin-ciples of intelligent systems. This involves not only analyzing and modeling, but also building such systems. From our software infrastructure to our robots, scanners, camera systems, and laboratories, you will be working with the best resources available worldwide. Our institute is founding member of the Cyber Valley, a research network comprising key players in the field of artificial intelligence, including major industry partners. AI software from our institute has already led to multiple startups. The institute is distributed over two nearby campuses in Tübingen and Stuttgart. The suc-cessful applicant will support and collaborate with researchers from both campuses and will be primarily based in Tübingen, a beautiful university town, with a high quality of life, in an area of outstanding natural beauty in southwestern Germany. The majority of the institute’s scientific employees come from outside of Germany. You will work among gifted students and experienced scientists from all over the world; and have access to excellent infrastructure, including several regular series of tutorials, lectures, jour-nal clubs and invited talks by international guests, as well as a large computer cluster, and dedicated full-time specialists. The working language at the institute is English.

Graduate Position

Contact: Jean-Claude Passy


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


C++ Software Engineer (m/f/d) with specialization in Robotics

  • Tübingen

The Software Workshop is a unique Central Scientific Facility at the intersection of research and software engineering. We bring together scientists and software engineers to help improve the research of the institute by translating it into high quality software products and promoting it worldwide such that it can have a larger impact and be widely used.

Staff Position

Contact: Jean-Claude Passy 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


Coordinator (m/f/d) for the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is looking to hire a Coordinator for the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (75%) The Max Planck-ETH Center for Learning Systems (http://learning-systems.org) addresses cross-disciplinary research questions in thefields 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.

Staff Position

Contact: Leila Masri


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


IT Administrator (m/f/d), 50 – 100%

  • Stuttgart

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has campuses in Stuttgart and Tübingen. Our goal is 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 artificially intelligent systems. At our Stuttgart site, the Physical Intelligence Department (http://pi.is.mpg.de) is searching for an IT Administrator (m/f/d), 50 – 100%

Staff Position

Contact: Joey Burns


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