To support our scanning facilities team, the Perceiving Systems Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Scanning Systems Technician/Engineer (f/m/d) to fulfill the tasks of supporting the scanning systems in the department, as well as designing and developing new scanning solutions to support the research efforts of the department.
We are creating the world’s most realistic human and animal avatars for use in research, film, virtual reality, and medicine. Using unique 3D & 4D capture facilities, machine learning, computer vision, and advanced graphics, we are modeling every nuance of how humans and animals look and move. We develop algorithms to estimate human shape and motion in images, videos, RGB-D sequences, etc. Our approaches define the current state of the art, and we are constantly adding new capture capabilities such as audio, eye tracking and pressure sensors.
Department website: https://ps.is.tue.mpg.de/
Department videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNJuPO0tyV6eWfYB7lcsvw
You will work as part of a team focused on maintaining, developing, redesigning, and reconfiguring our scanning and motion-capture systems. You will combine new technologies with our existing scanners, ensuring high-accuracy calibration and synchronization between the systems. Additionally, you will create and manage documentation relating to scanning systems, including drawings, schematics, and training aids, and will constantly update your knowledge and experience in order to assist with the development of the next generation of capture technologies.
Key Skills (Not All Strictly Required):
Applicants should have a qualification or demonstrated experience in a relevant area, and meet the technical requirements listed below.
- Experience in debugging electrical systems (using function generators, oscilloscopes, etc.).
- Electronics prototyping skills, including soldering, wiring, and assembly.
- Experience in IT support and troubleshooting Windows.
- Basic experience in programming and scripting.
- Hands-on experience in mechanical design and assembly.
- Natural team player, capable of methodically solving problems, with a passion for technology.
- Ability to communicate in English; German is a plus.
We encourage you to include a one-page PDF presenting one of your relevant projects, highlighting how you applied these skills as well as any beneficial skills listed below. Feel free to include figures.
In addition to the key skills listed above, any of the following would be a plus:
- Experience with optical motion capture systems and technology, including system setup and operation, marker-set placement/design, and data processing.
- Experience with computer vision systems (e.g., camera synchronization and calibration, multi-camera capture, motion capture systems, 3D scanners, VR/AR…).
- Experience with digital photography, cameras, and post-processing.
- Experience working with audio recording equipment.
- Experience in data acquisition from a variety of sensors.
- Experience with embedded development boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi).
- Experience in web development and/or software engineering
- Experience using CAD and related software (3DS Max, Unity, Solidworks).
- Experience working in R&D teams, preferably multi-disciplinary.
- Ability to maintain an organized research lab environment.
- A desire to “get your hands dirty” in the way to create the technology of the future.
What we offer
In this working environment, you will be exposed to cutting-edge technologies related to computer vision and multi-sensor systems. The MPI for Intelligent Systems is one of the world's leading research institutions for machine learning, computer vision and robotics, and studying the concepts of intelligence and autonomous behavior in artificial systems at different length scales. You will be a part of a young team of international scientists, engineers, and administrative staff. Salaries will be based on previous work experience according to TVöD guidelines. This is a full-time position. An initial contract will be offered for two years.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in its workforce in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
The position is available as of now and will be open until filled or no longer needed. Preference will be given to applications received by 30.07.2020.
Contact and application
Any questions regarding the position should be forwarded to Senya Polikovsky at email@example.com and Mason Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates should send their application, in a single PDF, via email to email@example.com. If you prefer to send a hardcopy application, you may do so. Please send it to: MPI-IS, Melanie Feldhofer, Max-Planck-Ring 4, 72076 Tübingen.