Research Positions

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

Solid State Research & Material Sciences Structural and Cell Biology


Type of Job


Postdoctoral research fellows

Job offer from November 23, 2016

The Max Planck Society has established a major new research direction in Intelligent Systems that combines robotics, design, theory, computation, engineering, and science.  Dr. Katherine J. Kuchenbecker is the newest Director at this Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) and is setting up the Haptic Intelligence Department in Stuttgart. She is seeking multiple qualified postdoctoral fellows to help establish and lead her new group.

The Haptic Intelligence Department focuses on incorporating the sense of touch into robotic systems. Scientists in this group seek to endow robots with astute haptic perception and invent methods for delivering realistic haptic feedback to users of telerobotic and virtual reality systems. More generally, we are interested in movement and physical interaction between humans, robots, machines, computers, and the environment.

Your profile

Candidates should have completed or be within six months of completing their doctorate, with strong research experience, first-authored conference and/or journal publications, excellent communication skills in English, and a positive collaborative attitude.  Research experience on haptic interfaces, tactile display, teleoperation, surgical robotics, human-robot interaction, robotic manipulation, tactile sensing, perception, machine learning, dynamic systems, controls, and mechanical design will be beneficial, but qualified candidates in all fields related to haptic intelligent systems will be considered.

Our offer

These post-doctoral research fellow positions will be open until filled. Salaries will be based on previous experience according to TVöD guidelines.  These are full-time positions, with an initial contract for 1 year and possible extension to multiple years.  The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply. Furthermore the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

Candidates should send their digital application package including their cover letter, their detailed CV (including citizenship, birthdate, mailing address, and phone number), contact information for three references, and PDF’s of their three most significant publications quoting the reference number 90.16 via e-mail to Ms. Ballmann ().

If you prefer to send a hardcopy application, you may do so. Please address it to:

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Joint Administration
Heisenbergstr. 1
70569 Stuttgart

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