Programmer at the Autonomous Motion Department (75-100%)

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen

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Type of Job

EDV & Informatics

Programmer - Autonomous Motion

Job offer from May 26, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has a open position for a Programmer within the Autonomous Motion Department (75-100%).

We study intelligent systems, focusing on which computations allow synthetic and natural intelligent systems to participate in perception, action, and learning. Our site in Tübingen, Germany is part of a campus with three Max Planck institutes and scientists from around the world. Three research departments collaborate on topics in machine learning, perception, and robotics to understand intelligent systems. Such systems rely on obtaining information from the world.

Your responsibilities:

The Autonomous Motion Department at the MPI for Intelligent Systems is looking for a highly talented programmer with strong technical knowledge in processing and semantically interpreting sensory data from a Velodyne sensor to support basic research projects in the area of real-time visual scene understanding for robotic locomotion and whole-body control. Strong software engineering, experience with this kind of sensor but also mathematical skills especially in the area of Kalman or Particle Filtering methods and Machine Learning for semantic scene understanding are important. We seek highly motivated people interested in working in a fun, exciting and challenging research environment.


You possess a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree in Computer Science, ideally with experience in robotics, computer vision and machine learning. A strong mathematical background, strong programming skills (C/C++/Python) and experience with Linux are required. Also important is experience with vision hardware such as stereo cameras and Velodyne sensors as well as with motion capture systems such as VICON. Experience with the development of a larger code base or of libraries is a plus. You should be highly flexible, diligent, enthusiastic and reliable and share our passion for robots.

Our offer:

We at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen offer a friendly and international working environment in a lovely old town, situated in an area of natural beauty south of Stuttgart, Germany, with a high quality of life. Max Planck Institutes are internationally renowned and regarded as the foremost organisation for fundamental research in Germany. The working language is English. Good written and spoken English is important.

Salaries will be based on previous experience according to TVöD guidelines. An initial contract will be offered for 6 months.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages them to apply.


In case of questions on the position, please contact Sabrina Jung at . More information about the Tübingen site of our institute can be found at

Your application:

Candidates should send their PDF application via e-mail to , quoting reference number 43.17. The application should include a cover letter, CV, certificates, and contact details of at least two referees. Preference will be given to applications received by June 15, 2017.

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

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Gemeinsame Verwaltung
Heisenbergstr. 1
70569 Stuttgart

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