Student assistant (m/f/d)

Young Researchers Stuttgart
Solid State Research & Material Sciences Structural and Cell Biology

Job Code: IS_W035

Job Offer from March 19, 2021

What if robotic systems could interact with the world with the same dexterity as humans do? Haptic sensing technologies enable robots to sense and react to their environment through physical contact, which can complement visual and spatial information to produce complex behaviors. Led by Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, the MPI-IS Haptic Intelligence department aims to investigate robot control approaches based on innovative soft sensing technologies for manipulation tasks.

Your profile

We are looking for talented students (f/m/d) who are pursuing a Master of Science in mechatronics (Mechatronik), engineering cybernetics (technische Kybernetik), mechanical engineering (Maschinenbau), electrical engineering (Elektrotechnik), software engineering (Softwaretechnik) or computer science (Informatik) to support our research as student assistants (HiWis).

Volume of employment: max. 83 hours per month

Starting date: As soon as possible

Applicants should

  • have high motivation,
  • be pursuing a master’s degree in a subject related to robotics,
  • be currently enrolled in a German university,
  • have strong academic performance in relevant bachelor’s and master’s courses,
  • want to work in an international and interdisciplinary research group,
  • have good oral and written communication skills in English.

We are especially interested in applicants who have

  • good programming skills in Python and/or C++,
  • familiarity with Linux and ROS,
  • knowledge of robotic modeling and control.

Your tasks

The student assistant position is paid hourly and will allow the student to gain hands-on experience with hardware systems, as well as be exposed to ongoing robotics research. The position and tasks are subject to discussion with the interested candidates. Selected candidates can start working as soon as they are hired.
Possible tasks include:

  • Implement basic control algorithms on a physical robot.
  • Implement more advanced force control algorithms on a physical robot.

We offer

A modernly equipped workplace, a strongly international working environment, as well as the affiliation to a daycare center for young children. The salary is paid according to TVöD, according to the individual qualification and work experience, including all social benefits according to the rules of the civil service (Federal Service).

How to apply

Please upload your application including a resumé in English or German and a cover letter in English one our application portal.

For further questions please contact Dr. Valerio Ortenzi at

There is no closing date for applications.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals 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.

Are you interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your online application.

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