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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!


Technische Assistenz

  • Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Standort Stuttgart

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme (MPI-IS) betreibt Forschung zum Verständnis der Prinzipien von Wahrnehmen, Handeln und Lernen in natürlichen und künstlichen Systemen, welche erfolgreich mit komplexen Umgebungen interagieren. Die Abteilung Haptische Intelligenz konzentriert sich auf das Verständnis haptischer (berührungsbasierter) Interaktion von Menschen und Robotern. Wir ziehen Expertise aus der Biomedizintechnik, dem Maschinenbau, der Elektrotechnik, der Informatik, der Kognitionswissenschaft und anderen Bereichen. Unsere aktuellen Projekte reichen von der Grundlagenforschung in Bezug auf den Tastsinn bis hin zu Anwendungen in der Mensch-Computer-Interaktion und der Mensch-Roboter-Interaktion. Unser Team vereint Menschen aus der ganzen Welt, die in einem internationalen Umfeld erfolgreich sind und Freude an der interdisziplinären Forschung haben. Durch das breite Spektrum an Projekten, die wir durchführen, ist unsere Arbeitsatmosphäre geprägt von Dynamik und Vielfalt. Die Abteilung sucht ein enthusiastisches und wissbegieriges neues Teammitglied, das unsere Abteilungsmitglieder und Forschungsprojekte unterstützt. Genauer gesagt suchen wir eine Technische Assistenz (w/m/d).


Technical Assistant

  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart site

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) conducts research to understand the principles of perception, action, and learning in natural and artificial systems that successfully interact with complex environments. The Haptic Intelligence Department of the institute focuses on understanding haptic (touch-based) interaction by both humans and robots. We draw expertise from biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, cognitive science, and other fields. Our current projects range from basic research on the sense of touch to applications in human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction. Our team unites people from around the world who thrive in an international environment and enjoy pursuing interdisciplinary research. The variety of projects that we conduct makes our work atmosphere highly dynamic and diverse. The department is looking for an enthusiastic and curious new team member to support our department members and research projects. Specifically, we are looking for a Technical Assistant (f/m/d)


Student research assistants (HiWi’s) or interns

  • MPI-IS Stuttgart

We are looking for talented student research assistants (HiWi’s) or interns who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in a subject related to smart materials, polymers, and applied physics.