Mechatronics Scientist / Engineer (m/f/x) for the Central Scientific Facility of Cyber Valley (Job ID: IS-W007)

cyvy 2018-12-19 Staff Stuttgart

The Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) is seeking a mechatronics expert to join our vibrant and rapidly expanding research community.

With over 400 employees distributed between campuses in Stuttgart and Tübingen, MPI-IS is conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of micro- and nano-robotics, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, bio-hybrid systems, medical robotics, computer vision, control, machine learning, and much more.  In addition, our institute is a founding member of Cyber Valley, a research network comprising key players in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, including major industry partners.

To provide professional, high-quality scientific and engineering expertise to our diverse and expanding research community, the institute has established a set of central scientific facilities in the areas of robotics, materials, computer vision, medical systems, high-performance computing, and software development.  Working alongside some of the most talented researchers in the field, the scientists and engineers of these central facilities have the opportunity to make significant contributions to an incredibly wide variety of projects.

This new position seeks to rapidly expand our team’s capabilities and expertise in the areas of mechatronics, experimental design, instrumentation, compliant mechanisms, novel sensors, and/or embedded systems.



  • Masters or doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics, computer science, or related fields

  • Significant hands-on experience with mechatronic, embedded, and/or robotic systems (see below for more details)
  • Very strong written and oral English communication skills
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of projects


Desired Experience

Ideal candidates will have experience with some of the following:

  • Proven track record of designing and developing mechatronic, embedded, and/or robotic systems
  • Experimental system design & realization – work with scientists to define project requirements; select appropriate components; integrate various systems; calibrate, test, and improve final deliverables
  • Mechatronic/embedded system design & programming – develop embedded systems; integrate various subcomponents including microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, and communications; implement and test real-time control systems
  • Mechanical design & realization – CAD; component selection; precision design; material selection (especially composites and soft materials); manufacturing processes; design for digital fabrication (3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining); novel electromechanical systems (e.g. soft/active elastomers)
  • Electrical circuit design & fabrication – component selection; fine-pitch SMD; multi-layer design; flexible assemblies; rapid prototyping
  • Measurement & instrumentation – modern sensor systems; calibration; data collection & analysis in various domains (physical, biological, etc.)


Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • English cover letter
  • CV
  • academic transcript(s)
  • contact information for two references
  • up to 3 relevant papers, reports, portfolios, websites, or other evidence of expertise in the field


Our Offer

Salaries will be based on experience according to TVöD guidelines. An initial contract will be offered for two years, and subsequent extension is possible. This is a full-time position. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We are committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourage them to apply. Inquiries should be sent to Jonathan Fiene (

More information about the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Cyber Valley can be found at and at

The position is available at the earliest convenience and will be open until February 28th, 2019. Preference will be given to applications received by January 31st, 2019.

To apply please follow this link:

or send a hardcopy application to:

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Joint Administration
Heisenbergstr. 1
70569 Stuttgart