[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Group Leader - Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart

Metin Sitti sitti at is.mpg.de
Mon Nov 23 06:50:19 PST 2015

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Sub-institute Stuttgart
Research Group Leader 
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent System 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 computational, biological, hybrid, and material systems and is taking a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines computation, engineering, material science, and biology.
Located in two institute sites, the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart has world-leading expertise in new physical platforms and materials for intelligent systems, physical intelligence, and small-scale intelligent systems. We are looking for outstanding candidates in new physical platforms and materials for intelligent systems and small-scale intelligent systems with possible focus on collective and self-organizing systems, programmable self-assembly, physical computing, printable robotics, medical robotics, soft robotics, bio-hybrid systems, bio-inspired robotics, micro/nanorobotics, small-scale powering and power transfer methods, multi-agent control, or smart and novel materials, mechanisms, actuators, and sensors.
Candidates should have an outstanding international track record including the publication of significant research papers. The establishment of a competitive research program is expected. A previous post-doctoral research experience is desired.
The Max Planck Research Group is initially limited to five years, but may be extended. It offers junior scientists who hold a doctoral degree an excellent opportunity to qualify for a further career at a high level. The successful applicant enjoys an independent status within the institute. Group leader and group members draw on infrastructure and administration of the Max Planck Institute but are also provided considerable funds for personnel, equipment and running costs, that enable the group leader to flexibly engage in her or his research project.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
Applications should contain a cover letter, a description of current and past research activities and future research plan (up to four pages), a CV with a publication list, and contact details of three referees. Applications should be sent in English as a single pdf-file, quoting the reference number 52.15 by December 31, 2015 to personal at vw.mpi-stuttgart.mpg.de. Inquiries should be sent to officesitti at is.mpg.de.

Metin Sitti
Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Director, Physical Intelligence Department
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://pi.is.mpg.de

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