PhD students and Postdocs

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen

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Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD students and Postdocs

Job offer from February 27, 2017

We have open positions for PhD Students and Postdocs at the Autonomous Learning Group with Dr. Georg Martius at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany.

The Max Planck Institutes are world-class research institutions. The goal of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is to understand the principles of perception, learning and action in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems. 

Our research

You will be working in the new research group with focus on autonomous learning and developmental robotics, led by Georg Martius. We develop new algorithms and theory for making robots curious and to give them the ability to autonomously learn how to act. We apply our methods to real robots, in particular, soft and tendon driven systems which we partly build in the lab. Research topics include and combine reinforcement learning, information theory, self-organization, dynamical systems, deep learning, and also soft robotics, mechanical engineering and 3D printing. We largely work with and Python, C++ and Mathematica.


Candidates should have an education in computer science, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or any related field. Required are strong mathematical and programming skills as well as the ability to communicate and work well in a team.

Our offer

The positions are available from May 2017. The appointment for PhD students will be for three years and for Postdocs for one or two years and can then be extended if needed. The positions are fully funded with competitive salary and full social security.

Your application

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply.

Please submit your application here. Official deadline is March 18, 2017, but later applications might still be considered.

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Spemannstr. 41
72076 Tübingen

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