Student assistant (m/f/d) | Robotic Materials, a Master of Science in physics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics,

Student assistant (m/f/d) – max. 83 hours per month, within in the Dept. Robotic Materials.

Starting date: As soon as possible

The fanciest aspect of science is how its outcomes will contribute to our daily life, but how does a paper become a product? Led by Dr. Keplinger, the MPI-IS Robotic Materials Department is working on robotic prototypes showing to the public the advantages and potentials of our artificial muscle. Rather than putting labors into fabrication, we would like to design and build a production line of the artificial muscle to meet the quantity needs of robots. In this specific case, we will focus on modifying a heat press for heat sealing plastic films in desired patterns.

Your profile:

We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science in physics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, or related fields to support our research as student assistants.

Applicants should

  • have high motivation
  • be pursuing a master’s degree
  • be currently enrolled in a German university
  • have strong academic performance in relevant bachelor’s and master’s courses
  • want to work in an international and interdisciplinary research group
  • have good oral and written communication skills in English
  • be able to work on site at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany.

We are especially interested in applicants who have

  • experience in CAD, engineering drawing, and rapid prototyping techniques.
  • interest and/or experience in
    • industrial production
    • automatic production
    • designing and setting up production lines

Your tasks:

The student assistant position is paid hourly and will allow the student to gain hands-on experience with hardware systems, as well as to be exposed to ongoing robotics research. The position and tasks are subject to discussion with the interested candidates. Selected candidates can start working as soon as they are hired.

Possible tasks include:

  • designing and assembling heat-transferring plate
  • testing the thermal stability
  • designing and painting engineering drawings of molds
  • testing the strength of heat seals

We offer:

Master students holding a Bachelor’s degree will be paid €12,68 per hour. An initial contract will be offered for three months. A modernly equipped workplace, a strongly international working environment, as well as the affiliation to a daycare center for young children.

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.

How to apply:

Please upload your application including a resumé in English or German and a cover letter in English via our application portal.

For further questions please contact Xingrui Wang via

Closing date for applications:

The position will be open until filled or no longer needed.

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