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Leitung der Mechatronik-Werkstatt (m/w/d) (100%)

  • Tübingen

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Standort Tübingen, ist eine der führenden Forschungsinstitutionen in den Bereichen der Computervision, Robotik und des maschinellen Lernens. Ziel unserer Forschung ist es, die mathemati-schen Prinzipien intelligenter Systeme zu ergründen. Das beinhaltet nicht nur die Analyse und Modellierung solcher Systeme, sondern auch deren Bau.

Staff Position

Contact: Felix Grimminger Mara Cascianelli


Head of Mechatronics Workshop (m/f/d) (100%)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is a leading center for research in computer vision, robotics, and machine learning. Our research seeks to understand mathematical principles of intelligent systems. This involves not only analyzing and modeling, but also building such systems. From our software infrastructure to our robots, scanners, camera systems, and laboratories, you will be working with the best resources available worldwide.

Staff Position

Contact: Felix Grimminger Mara Cascianelli


Student research assistant positions on programming and software development (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for student research assistants (m/f/d) to support ongoing research projects related to cognitive growth, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.

Student Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Maria Wirzberger Falk Lieder


Internship on software development in a project on executive functions training (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) offers a position for a paid internship in a project on executive functions training (project leader: Dr. Maria Wirzberger). This position would give you the opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art software engineering practices from the institute’s software workshop and contributing to cutting edge research and the development of an application that might help thousands of people become more effective.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Maria Wirzberger


Internship on conducting behavioral experiments in a project on executive functions training (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) offers a position for a paid internship in a project on executive functions training (project leader: Dr. Maria Wirzberger).

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Maria Wirzberger


Researcher Position (Pre-/Postdoc) on Executive Functions Training (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) is looking for a researcher (100%, pre- or postdoc) in a project on executive functions training (project leader: Dr. Maria Wirzberger).

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Maria Wirzberger


Studienkoordinator/in (m/w/d)

  • Tübingen

Die Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe Rationality Enhancement sucht zur organisatorischen Verstärkung für die empirische Forschungstätigkeit eine/n Studienkoordinator/in (m/w/d).

Staff Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Cambridge – Tübingen PhD Fellowships in Machine Learning

  • Tuebingen/Cambridge

PhD Position

Submit your application to: camtue@is.mpg.de


Postdoc or researcher (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

Postdoc or researcher position available in dynamic legged robots and locomotion biomechanics, fully funded Dynamic Locomotion Group, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart).


Student Assistants (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in a subject related to electro-mechanical systems to support our research as student assistants (m/f/d) (HiWi’s) or interns.


Studentische / wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (m/w/d) im Bereich Netzwerk / IT

  • Stuttgart

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme ist ein international führendes Forschungsinstitut, das sich mit den grundlegenden Fragestellungen von Künstlicher Intelligenz und Robotik beschäftigt. An den Institutsstandorten Stuttgart und Tübingen wird Spitzenforschung in Theorie, Soft- und Hardware betrieben. Für den Standort Stuttgart suchen wir für den Bereich Netzwerk / IT zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt in Teilzeit (max. 83 Stunden / Monat) eine studentische / wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (m/w/d).


Student assistant (m/f/d)

  • Stuttgart

Are you interested in data visualization or databases? Do you enjoy exploring new technologies? The Haptic Intelligence department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) works on programmable touch technology, which is also known as haptics. From simple knobs to robotic arms with a dozen degrees of freedom, haptic technology enables people to touch and feel objects in virtual or remote environments. Recently, we have collaborated with the University of British Columbia in Canada to develop Haptipedia, an online visualized library of over 100 haptic devices (http://haptipedia.org/). The Haptipedia team is an interdisciplinary group of mechanical engineers, human-computer interaction designers, and visualization researchers who are interested in making haptic technology accessible to users around the world. We are looking for a motivated individual with interest in programming, data visualization, and databases to help develop additional visualization features and/or improve the data entry pipeline for Haptipedia.

Student Position

Contact: Hasti Seifi


PhD Student Position on Leveraging Machine Learning to Improve Human Decision Making (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a Ph.D. student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.

PhD Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Researcher or Postdoc Position on Effective Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a researcher with a master’s degree or a postdoc for a project on helping people set better goals.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Researcher or Postdoc Position on Self-Improvement (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a researcher with a master’s degree or a postdoc for a project on developing and evaluating self-improvement tools and strategies.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD Student/Doctorand (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

Within the scope of the EU-H2020 project DeepField and the Max Planck grassroots project AirCap, a PhD student position is available in the Robot Perception Group (https://ps.is.tuebingen.mpg.de/research_fields/robot-perception-group). The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Aamir Ahmad and Dr. Michael Black. The start date can be as early as 1st October 2019.


PhD position on self-improvement (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project on developing and evaluating self-improvement tools and strategies.

PhD Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD Student: Reinforcement Learning for Aerial Systems (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

Within the scope of the EU-H2020 project DeepField and the Max Planck grassroots project AirCap, a PhD student position is available in the Robot Perception Group (https://ps.is.tuebingen.mpg.de/research_fields/robot-perception-group). The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Aamir Ahmad and Dr. Michael Black. The start date can be as early as 1st October 2019

PhD Position

Submit your application to: aamir.ahmad@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Aamir Ahmad


PhD position on Effective Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project on helping people set better goals.

PhD Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Motion Capture Student Assistant, 10-83h/month (depending on your availability)

  • Tübingen

Student Position

Contact: Nicole Overbaugh


HiWi/Student assistant: Help us Present our Research

  • Stuttgart/Tuebingen, Germany

HiWi/Student assistant: Help us Present our Research -- Visualizing Research in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Control, and Networked Systems

Student Project Position

Contact: Dominik Baumann Friedrich Solowjow Sebastian Trimpe


Early Career Research Group Leader (100%/m/f/d) Privacy, Fairness or Transparency in Machine Learning

  • Tübingen

The Tübingen AI Center aims to foster a world-class research ecosystem in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Center is one of four competence centers recently funded by Germany's Ministry of Education and Research with seven million euros for an initial four years and will provide research groups at the University of Tübingen (UT) and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) with a place to develop learning systems. It is part of the major Cyber Valley initiative in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region, where many partners in academia and industry have joined forces to work in the area of artificial intelligence.


Early Career Research Group Leader (100%/m/f/d) - Machine learning

  • Tübingen

The Tübingen AI Center aims to foster a world-class research ecosystem in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Center is one of four competence centers recently funded by Germany's Ministry of Education and Research with seven million euros for an initial four years and will provide research groups at the University of Tübingen (UT) and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) with a place to develop learning systems. It is part of the major Cyber Valley initiative in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region, where many partners in academia and industry have joined forces to work in the area of artificial intelligence.


Postdoc/Researcher Position on Machine Learning Methods for Discovering Human-Interpretable Decision Rules (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a researcher (m/f/d) or postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Thesis/Hiwi job: Augmented reality interaction pipeline

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Thesis writing student (Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis) to develop an Augmented Reality (AR) interaction pipeline. The interaction pipeline will be a basis for future research projects as well as for integration of the latest tracking models for human bodies or specific body parts (e.g. hands), that have been developed in the institute.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: senya@tue.mpg.de
Contact: Senya Polikovsky


Developing interfaces for multi camera control system

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for an Intern (Bachelor or Master student) to develop a graphical user interface (GUI) for a multi-sensor recording system using a C++ Qt5 framework.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: matvey.safroshkin@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Matvey Safroshkin


Thesis/Hiwi job: 3dsMax Camera System Simulation Optics and Sensing Laboratory

  • Tübingen

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a Thesis writing student (Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis) to develop a synthetic scanner simulator and light stage based on 3dMax utilizing photo realistic rendering techniques.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: senya@tue.mpg.de
Contact: Senya Polikovsky


Student assistant: Aerial Outdoor Motion Capture (AirCap)

  • Tübingen

Within the scope of the Max Planck grassroots project AirCap and Autonomous MoCap, there is one open student assistant (HiWi) position. It can also lead to an opportunity for doing  master thesis in the Robot Perception group at the Perceiving Systems department.

Student Position

Contact: Aamir Ahmad Melanie Feldhofer Sabrina Jung


Mechatronics Scientist / Engineer (m/f/x) for the Central Scientific Facility of Cyber Valley

  • Stuttgart

The Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is seeking a mechatronics expert to join our vibrant and rapidly expanding research community.

Staff Position

Contact: Jonathan Fiene


Embedded System Design of an Agile Mobile Robot

  • Stuttgart, Germany

Student project (Hiwi, Bachelor, Master): Development of a flywheel-driven testbed for non-linear learning control

Student Position

Submit your application to: geist@is.mpg.de
Contact: Andreas Rene Geist Sebastian Trimpe


Internships and research assistantships

  • Tübingen

The Rationality Enhancement Group has several openings for (paid) internships, bachelor/master theses (in cognitive science, computer science, psychology, and other related disciplines) and research assistants. If you are interested please take a look at the projects described below. To apply for one of these projects please send your CV, transcripts, previous publications or thesis (if any), and a cover letter explaining your motivation and why you think you are a great fit for the project to re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de. Please put the title of the project you are applying for in the subject header. If possible, please arrange for 1-2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address. (If this is not possible for you, then please explain why.)

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


Postdoc position on Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of computational cognitive science and applied psychology.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD position on Goal Setting (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of computational cognitive science and applied psychology.

PhD Position

Contact: Falk Lieder


Postdoc on Metacognitive Learning (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of psychology and machine learning.

PostDoc Position

Submit your application to: re-jobs@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Falk Lieder


PhD position on Metacognitive Learning (m/f/d)

  • Tübingen

The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project at the intersection of psychology and machine learning.

PhD Position

Contact: Falk Lieder


Master Theses Projects in Vision-based Autonomous Systems

  • MPI-IS Tübingen, Germany

The Embodied Vision group investigates novel approaches to vision-based perception and learning for intelligent systems that are closely coupled with control and planning. We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in computer science, electrical or control engineering, applied mathematics or physics and are eager to pursue their Master thesis on a research topic in our group.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: joerg.stueckler@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Jörg Stückler


Student Assistant (HiWi)/Internship Positions in Vision-based Autonomous Systems

  • MPI-IS Tübingen, Germany

The Embodied Vision group investigates novel approaches to vision-based perception and learning for intelligent systems that are closely coupled with control and planning. We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science degree in computer science, electrical or control engineering, applied mathematics or physics to support our research as student assistants (HiWi) or interns.

Student Position

Submit your application to: joerg.stueckler@tuebingen.mpg.de
Contact: Jörg Stückler


HiWi/student position: Intelligent control of cyber-physical systems

  • Stuttgart or Tuebingen

HiWi / part-time student assistant / internship position to support research in machine learning, control, and networked systems.

Student Position

Contact: Dominik Baumann Sebastian Trimpe


Master Thesis Projects on Learning Control

  • Stuttgart or Tuebingen, Germany

Machine learning for advanced control of autonomous systems. We are continuously looking for outstanding students who are eager to do their Master thesis on a challenging project at the intersection of Machine Learning and Control.

Student Project Position

Submit your application to: trimpe@is.mpg.de
Contact: Sebastian Trimpe


Post Doctoral Researchers and Research Scientists

  • Tübingen, Germany

Outstanding candidates in all areas of computer vision will be considered but special emphasis will be given to candidates with experience in modeling and estimating human and animal shape including 3D mesh models, statistical shape modeling, 3D vision, articulated pose estimation, and non-rigid models of clothing, hair and fur. While our focus is basic research, we also pursue commercial applications and applications in neuroscience.

PostDoc Position

Contact: Melanie Feldhofer


PhD Scholarships in Geometric Statistics

  • Tübingen, Germany

We are seeking students interested in building princpled statistical models for solving problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. You will work an international team interested in building the best possible shape models. For details, see the PDF.

PhD Position

Contact: Melanie Feldhofer


Internships for graduate students / PhD students

  • Tübingen, Germany

Internship in 3D Computer Vision at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen


Nominations sought for the position of Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • Tübingen, Germany

The MPI for Intelligent Systems is in the process of identifying candidates for a new Director. Our institute seeks 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. The institute studies these principles in biological, computational, hybrid, and material systems ranging from nano to macro scales. We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines mathematics, computation, material science, and biology.

Staff Position