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:
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.
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).
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