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Funded Ph.D. Positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems

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  • Funded Ph.D. Positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems

    Dear colleagues,

    If you have a strong background and interest in motor control, biorobotics, neuro-musculoskeletal modelling, rehabilitation robotics, or related fields and are interested in collaborating in an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, I highly encourage you to apply to the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems ( For more details see below.

    Daniel Häufle

    Multi-Level Modeling in Motor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics
    Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH)
    Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)
    Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen

    Computational Biophysics and Biorobotics
    Stuttgart Centre for Simulation Sciences (SimTech)
    University of Stuttgart

    Otfried-Müller-Strasse 25
    72076 Tübingen, Germany
    Tel: +49 (7071) 29-88873

    The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen collaborate to offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS). This doctoral program will accept its fifth generation of Ph.D. students in spring of 2021.

    This school is a key element of Baden-Württemberg’s Cyber Valley initiative to accelerate basic research and commercial development in artificial intelligence. We seek students who want to earn a doctorate while contributing to world-leading research in areas such as:

    • Computational Cognitive Science
    • Computer Graphics
    • Computer Vision
    • Control Systems
    • Haptics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Machine Learning
    • Micro- and Nano-Robotics
    • Perceptual Inference
    • Robotics

    The participating faculty are Aamir Ahmad, Zeynep Akata, Frank Allgöwer, Alexander Badri-Spröwitz, Philipp Berens, Matthias Bethge, Michael J. Black, Andrés Bruhn, Andreas Bulling, Martin Butz, Caterina De Bacco, Christian Ebenbauer, Peer Fischer, Andreas Geiger, Martin A. Giese, Matthias Hein, Philipp Hennig, Ardian Jusufi, Christoph Keplinger, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Hendrik Lensch, Falk Lieder, Jakob Macke, Georg Martius, Tian Qiu, C. David Remy, Syn Schmitt, Bernhard Schölkopf, Gabriele Schweikert, Michael Sedlmair, Fabian Sinz, Metin Sitti, Steffen Staab, Ingo Steinwart, Jörg Stückler, Ulrike von Luxburg, and Felix Wichmann.

    Participating associated faculty include R. Harald Baayen, Wieland Brendel, Peter Dayan, Alexander Ecker, Jonathan Fiene, Bedartha Goswami, Daniel Häufle, Anna Levina, Jim Mainprice, Kay Nieselt, Mijung Park, Nico Pfeifer, Peter Pott, Gunther Richter, Ludovic Righetti, Marc Toussaint, Sebastian Trimpe, Isabel Valera, Maria Wirzberger, and Li Zhaoping.

    Intelligent systems that can successfully perceive, act, and learn in complex environments hold great potential for aiding society. We seek doctoral students who are curious, creative, and passionate about research to join our school and help advance human knowledge about intelligent systems.

    • You may join our program starting in spring of 2021.
    • You will be mentored by our internationally renowned faculty.
    • You will register as a university doctoral student and conduct research.
    • IMPRS-IS offers a wide variety of scientific seminars, workshops, and social activities.
    • All aspects of our program are in English.
    • Your doctoral degree will be conferred when you successfully complete your Ph.D. project.
    • Our dedicated staff members will assist you throughout your time as a doctoral student.

    People with a strong academic background and a master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Mathematics, Control Theory, Neuroscience, Materials Science, Physics, or related fields should apply.

    We seek to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, so we explicitly encourage women to apply. We are committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourage them to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our institutions.
    Admission will be competitive. If selected, you will receive funding via an employment contract, subject to the rules of the Max Planck Society and the two participating universities.

    You can apply at before 11:59 p.m. (23:59) CET on November 2, 2020. Finalists will be invited to selection interviews that will take place virtually from January 26 to January 29, 2021.

    For further information, please visit