Coordinator for the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (m/f, 50%)

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen

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Coordinator - Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (50%)

Job offer from January 08, 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is looking to hire a Coordinator for the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (50%).

The Max Planck-ETH Center for Learning Systems addresses cross-disciplinary research questions in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and robotics on large and small scales. Being the first joint research center of ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Society, it coordinates and supports research projects between various departments at ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart / Tuebingen. The Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems forms a highly interdisciplinary graduate program of internationally renowned faculty, providing world-leading research opportunities and the ability for students to obtain a PhD degree in our unique graduate program.

Tasks and responsibilities

The coordinator supports the co-directors and the steering board of the Center for Learning Systems. He or she will work on project development and activities and take care of daily business and functions, including project management, the organization of meetings, workshops, educational courses, as well as communication with the public. Specific duties include the following:

  • Organization of the Center’s program and establishment of concepts and agendas for the program, in collaboration with members
  • Recruitment of excellent PhD students including preparation of advertisements and interviews
  • Preparation for steering board meetings
  • Organization of scientific workshops and conferences
  • Serving as the point of contact for the members and fellows of the Center
  • Preparation of evaluation reports
  • Maintenance of the website
  • Supporting students with organizational issues and keeping track of their achievements
  • Day-to-day communication with PhD students, advisors, applicants, reviewers, and partners


The applicant should have completed higher education (and ideally a PhD) in a related scientific field such as computer science, engineering, control theory, cognitive science, neuroscience, mathematics, or materials science, as well as excellent organizational and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of standard software packages is required. We expect very good command of both English and German (at least C1 level) as well as the willingness and capability to learn about the research topics of the Center. Professional experience in running structured, international PhD programs and/or in research administration would be an asset.

Our offer

Salaries will be based on TVöD guidelines according to previous experience and qualifications. The position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The position is available at the earliest convenience and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by February 08, 2018. Inquiries should be sent to .


Applications should be sent in English quoting reference number 01.18 as a single pdf-file to  or as a hardcopy application to:

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

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