[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Nominations sought for the position of Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Metin Sitti sitti at is.mpg.de
Mon Nov 3 06:28:21 PST 2014

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.

Our institute is located in two sites, Stuttgart and Tübingen, that are about 30 minutes apart in a beautiful and vibrant area of southern Germany. More information about the institute can be found here: http://www.is.mpg.de/en

Nominees must have a record of innovative research at the highest international level, and will have demonstrated the potential to inspire and lead a substantial group of scientists. Their scientific interests should be consistent with the institute's goals but candidates in all areas of intelligent systems may be considered.  Max Planck is unique in that directors receive substantial funding that enables them to pursue a bold scientific agenda for decades without the need to raise funding.  Exceptionally promising mid-career scientists, who could benefit from such funding, will be considered.

Written nominations will be treated in strictest confidence, and must include a short description of the nominee's background and most significant scientific accomplishments. Self-nominations are not considered.  

Nominations should be sent to the Managing Director at gd at is.mpg.de.  Nominations may also be sent by mail to

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Heisenbergstr. 3
70569 Stuttgart

The Max Planck Society encourages the nomination of female scientists for these positions as it seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are under-represented.

Metin Sitti
Director, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Physical Intelligence Department, Stuttgart, Germany
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Address: Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Assistant: +49-711 689 3401
Fax: +49-711 689 3412
E-mail: sitti at is.mpg.de
URL: http://www.is.mpg.de/en

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