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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 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.


Student assistant (m/f/d)

  • MPI-IS Stuttgart

Are you interested in e-learning tools? Do you enjoy exploring new technologies? Are you good at graphic and/or web design? The Haptic Intelligence department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is currently developing an online teaching module on force-feedback haptic devices. From simple knobs to robotic arms with a dozen degrees of freedom, force-feedback haptic technology enables people to touch and feel objects in virtual or remote environments. The educational module will consist of a series of short videos and interactive assignments presenting haptic devices and use cases. We are looking for a motivated student with skills and interest in video creation and editing and/or web design to help develop the audiovisual blocks of the e-learning module and make them attractive and efficient for the learners. Knowledge of haptics is not required.


Short-Term Research Internship Position at Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • Stuttgart

The MPI-IS Stuttgart is offering a paid internship in a project on machine learning enabled fiber optic sensor conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Haptic Intelligence (Stuttgart site; https://hi.is.mpg.de/) and closely with researchers in the Optics & Sensing Laboratory (Tübingen site; https://is.mpg.de/en/optics-sensing-laboratory).

Student Project Position

Contact: Bernard Javot