The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) conducts research to understand the principles of perception, action, and learning in natural and artificial systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems. The institute studies these principles in biological, computational, hybrid, and material systems. We take a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines engineering, computation, material science, and biology.

The Robotics Central Scientific Facility supports the institute’s research objectives via the design, rapid prototyping, and validation of novel robotic and mechatronic systems.

We are searching for a full-time Technician (m/f/d).

The technician’s role will focus on the prototyping of unique robotic and mechatronic systems. Experience or the ability to learn in the following areas is desired:

  • operation of digital prototyping equipment (3D printers, laser cutters, and circuit plotters)
  • operation of basic traditional manufacturing equipment (band saw, drill press, mill, lathe)
  • electronic circuit assembly, soldering, inspection, and validation
  • electromechanical system assembly and testing
  • general upkeep, inventory, and user repairs of equipment and tooling

Your qualifications:

  • completed education of speciality area “rapid prototyping”, “prototyping”, or “machinery”
  • high level sense of responsibility and motivation
  • comfortable working alongside engineers and researchers on unique and challenging projects
  • a good level of speaking and writing capability in both German and English is required

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative person who wants to join a dynamic international working environment. You are encouraged to apply if you meet most of the qualifications and are interested in learning about the other listed topics. The Max Planck Society guarantees equal opportunity to all qualified applicants.

Our offer:

We offer highly interesting, challenging, and varied tasks in a highly active field of research. A dedicated team awaits you in an international environment with regular opportunities for further education and training. The salary is paid in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund), according to previous experience and qualifications. This position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension and a potential permanent position after two years.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from any background. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women and strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Furthermore, we seek to employ more people with a disability and strongly encourage them to apply.


Your application must be contain a cover letter in English or German, a curriculum vitae in English or German, relevant certificates, contact information for three professional references, and any additional documents that support your suitability for this position. The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. Please upload your application online.

For more information, please contact: Jonathan Fiene

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