The Optics and Sensing Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a software developer with a background in psychology to participate in the ongoing research efforts in the Interpersonal Synchrony Analysis Project.
We are creating the world’s most realistic human and animal avatars for use in research, film, virtual reality, and medicine. Using unique 3D & 4D capture facilities, machine learning, computer vision, and advanced graphics, we are modeling every nuance of how humans and animals look and move. We develop algorithms to estimate human shape and motion in images, videos, RGB-D sequences, etc. Our approaches define the current state of the art, and we are constantly pushing these methods and systems in order to achieve better accuracy and more availability. Our future work aims at integrating further levels of perception and articulation, e.g. voice recording and eye tracking.
The Optics and Sensing Laboratory is focused on research for the development of multi-sensor data capturing and analysis methods for generating large scale data sets. Today, we have established a large-scale capturing facility with hundreds of cameras and further expanding to portable multi-camera systems to capture animals in their natural habitat. We also develop new algorithms for the development of computer vision solutions in psychology and psychotherapy to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of psychotherapy methods.
The aim of the project is to develop a computer vision tool which would support mental health care practitioners by detecting and analyzing non-verbal markers of emotional stress and interpersonal synchrony in patient-therapist- dyads.
The successful candidate will:
Implement an analysis pipeline from existing algorithms in the field of computer vision and Data collection setup machine learning
Develop the data annotation process in collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich
Work on visualizing and rendering analysis results
Collect, organize and maintain experiment datasets
Maintain and update the project information page on the internal Wiki
BA degree in psychology
Excellent programming skills in Python and basic knowledge of Software development
Natural team player, capable of methodically solving problems, passion for technology with a research mindset
Some experience with eye tracking software (e.g. Tobii Pro) is desired
Ability to communicate in English; German is a plus
What we offer
In this working environment, you will be exposed to cutting-edge technologies related to computer vision and multi-sensor systems. The MPI for Intelligent Systems is one of the world's leading research institutions for machine learning, computer vision and robotics, and studying the concepts of intelligence and autonomous behavior in artificial systems at different length scales. You will be a part of a dynamic team of international scientists, engineers, and administrative staff. This position is limited to 7 months with the possibility to partly work remotely within Germany.
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. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in its workforce in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
The position is available as of now and will be open until filled or no longer needed.
Contact and application
Any questions regarding the position should be forwarded to Senya Polikovsky at email@example.com and Solmaz Mohadjer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates should upload the following as a single PDF:
Motivation letter describing why you are a good fit for the role
GitHub account showing us your programming skills (please feel free to share your code sample through other means)
Candidates should upload these documents, as a single PDF at our application portal:
If you prefer to send a hardcopy application, you may do so. Please send it to: MPI-IS, Solmaz Mohadjer, Max-Planck-Ring 4, 72076 Tübingen.