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General Information

We are always looking for talented new people to join our team!

Members of the HI department come from around the world and enjoy working in our diverse international environment. All of our work is conducted in English, so we value good oral and written English communication skills. Familiarity with German is helpful but not required.

We pursue interdisciplinary research in haptics and robotics and thus welcome applications from people in a wide range of fields. Many of our current department members have a background in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or cognitive science.

The main types of opportunities that we offer include:

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in our department should already hold a master’s degree in a related field and should apply directly to one or more of the doctoral programs listed below, observing the respective application deadlines:

If you would like to apply for any position other than doctoral research, please prepare the following materials (preferably in English) and email them to Katherine J. Kuchenbecker at kjk@is.mpg.de :

All complete applications will be carefully examined; we usually provide feedback within one month of receipt. We look forward to hearing from you!


Student assistant (m/f/d)

  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligente Systems Stuttgart

Have you noticed that computers can show beautiful images and play clear sounds, but they don't let you physically touch digital items? What if you could feel the texture of clothing or the brush strokes of a famous art piece on your smartphone? Led by Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, the MPI-IS Haptic Intelligence department aims to develop new technologies for generating realistic haptic sensations on touchscreens. We are interested in investigating human touch sensation, understanding the electro-mechanical properties of the fingertip, and designing new haptic interfaces based on this knowledge.

Student Position

Contact: Yasemin Vardar