Researcher position in computer simulation of neuro-muscular control of legged locomotion

Researcher position open: develop a neuro-muscular model and perform computer simulations for muscle driven legged walking and running.


We are currently seeking a highly motivated Researcher (female/male)

We offer
a potential PhD candidate researcher position in our “Bioinspired and Bio-mimicking Legged Locomotion” project, with focus on computer simulation of neuro-muscular control of legged locomotion. The core of the project is on muscle driven legged walking and running. The aim is to develop a neuro-muscular model and perform computer simulations. The results will be transferred to and compared with biorobotic models.

The project
starts in March 2019. In case of an outstanding application, we can offer a temporary position starting in fall 2018 until the official start of the project. Salary will be based on previous experience according to a TV-L E13 65% position, or equivalent.

About us
The project is a collaboration between the Dynamic Locomotion Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems on the campus Stuttgart in Germany and the Multi-Level Modeling in Motor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics Group at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Both are young and highly motivated research groups. We offer an excellent research infrastructure, national (i.e. with MPI IS, campus Tübingen) and international interdisciplinary cooperation possibilities also with experts from Biology and Biomechanics.

Contact person at MPI Stuttgart:
Alexander Spröwitz sprowitz@is.mpg.de https://dlg.is.mpg.de/

Contact person at HIH Tübingen:
Daniel Häufle daniel.haeufle@uni-tuebingen.de https://www.hih-tuebingen.de/mocom/

Requirements and core skills
The ideal candidate should have

  • A background in biomedical engineering, physics, biophysics, or closely related
  • a Masters (or equivalent) degree from a recognized university. Near completion can be considered;
  • Prior knowledge in multi body dynamics modeling, dynamical systems, system identification, learning, or optimization, is a plus;
  • Proficient programming experience in Matlab, C++, or similar
  • Interest in bioinspired locomotion in robots and animals;
  • Prior experience with neuro-muscular or musculo-skeletal modeling is a plus;
  • Excellent grades and analytical skills;
  • Proficient (!) oral and written English skills;
  • Outstanding candidates with different backgrounds are encouraged to apply

To apply
Candidates should send the following documents as pdf files (small size preferred) by email quoting reference:
dlg-haeufle-position-2019-03 .

  1. Cover letter with research statement
  2. Short CV including publication list
  3. Transcripts of relevant degrees in English
  4. Contact information of three references
  5. Two selected publications (file or freely accessible online link)

to Alexander Spröwitz: sprowitz@is.mpg.de

This call opens immediately. Applications submitted before September 14th, 2018 will be processed with preference.  PDF file with job description [here].

First applicants will receive feedback shortly after September 14th.


Location: Stuttgart, Tübingen
Contact(s): Alexander Sproewitz
Link: https://keeper.mpdl.mpg.de/f/386ba616db094a18873d/