Max Planck Research Group Leaders (m/f/div)
at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart site)
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent System (MPI-IS) 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 artificial intelligent systems. The institute takes a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines mathematics, computation, engineering, materials science, and biology. The Stuttgart site of the institute concentrates on physical realizations of intelligent systems, often with medical applications. We currently have departments in the broad fields of small-scale robotics, haptics, and robotic materials, as well as independent research groups that emphasize soft actuation, biological inspiration, and human organizations. The institute is a founding partner of Cyber Valley, a research consortium in artificial intelligence and robotics that enables researchers to closely collaborate with startups and industry.
We are looking for outstanding candidates in the field of intelligent systems to establish up to two new independent research groups at our institute's Stuttgart site. Potential areas of research can include, but are not limited to, the following:
Robotics, all areas, especially
Bioinspired or biohybrid robotics
Physical intelligence at all length scales
Electronic skin and stretchable electronics
Intelligent driving and power electronics for untethered robots
Human-Machine Interaction, including
Social aspects of intelligent systems
Intelligent systems for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
Robotics for Healthcare, including
Novel medical devices
Learning Systems, including
Intelligent control systems
Candidates should have a strong international track record of creative research. Successful applicants will be able to establish an internationally visible research program of their own design within our institute. Max Planck Research Group Leader positions offer individuals holding a doctoral degree an excellent springboard to high-level scientific positions.
The salary package is based on the W2 remuneration group of the German Federal Civil Service Remuneration Act (Bundesbesoldungsgesetz – BBesG). Successful candidates will enjoy an independent principal investigator status within the institute. Group leaders are provided with considerable funding for personnel, equipment, and running costs, which enables them to focus the bulk of their energy on their research. Group leaders and their group members also benefit from the infrastructure and administration of MPI-IS. Each Max Planck Research Group is limited to a term of six years. Depending on research progress, and taking funding possibilities and labor legislation into account, a group leader’s employment contract can be extended at most once, by three years in each case, on an individual basis according to scientific criteria and after a positive evaluation.
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is an equal-opportunity employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, gender identity, or any other non-job-related criteria. MPI-IS recognizes the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity. We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff and will honor each individual’s experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented; women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its workforce; applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.
Applications should contain a short cover letter; a three-page research statement describing your past, present, and future research activities; a one-page diversity statement describing your experiences and commitments to diversity; and a CV including your full list of publications. All documents should be prepared in English and should be submitted as a single pdf file through our online application system.
In addition, three professional reference letters must be submitted directly by the referees. After you have registered in our online application system, you will receive further information about how these letters should be submitted.