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:
Unpaid BOGY internships for local high school students
Short-term paid internships for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree
Paid hourly HiWi work for local bachelor's and master's students
Research engineer positions
Research fellowships (typically funded by an external agency such as the Fulbright Scholar Program)
Visiting graduate student positions at the master’s or doctoral level
Master’s thesis research positions
Doctoral research positions (special application required, as explained below)
Postdoctoral research positions
Research scientist positions
Visiting scientist positions for faculty on sabbatical
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:
We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in a subject related to electro-mechanical systems to support our research as student assistants (m/f/d) (HiWi’s) or interns.
Are you interested in data visualization or databases? Do you enjoy exploring new technologies? The Haptic Intelligence department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) works on programmable touch technology, which is also known as haptics. From simple knobs to robotic arms with a dozen degrees of freedom, haptic technology enables people to touch and feel objects in virtual or remote environments. Recently, we have collaborated with the University of British Columbia in Canada to develop Haptipedia, an online visualized library of over 100 haptic devices (http://haptipedia.org/). The Haptipedia team is an interdisciplinary group of mechanical engineers, human-computer interaction designers, and visualization researchers who are interested in making haptic technology accessible to users around the world. We are looking for a motivated individual with interest in programming, data visualization, and databases to help develop additional visualization features and/or improve the data entry pipeline for Haptipedia.
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 future systems