Lab Director (m/f/d) / Senior Developer (m/f/d)

Einsatzort: Freiburg


Art der Stelle

Lab Director (m/f/d) / Senior Developer (m/f/d)

Stellenangebot vom 16.01.2020

The Department of Criminology at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br., Germany is looking for a Lab Director / Senior Developer (0.8-1.0 FTE) (m/f/d) with experience in developing virtual reality (VR) applications and programming for its Laboratory for Crime Research using Innovative Methods and Experimentation (CRIME Lab).

The challenge

How can we use virtual reality to study delinquent behavior? How can sensors be used to prevent a burglary from taking place? What is the potential of smartphone apps to reduce offending in adolescents? How can we integrate eye-tracking and VR to understand the decision-making processes of residential burglars? Can wearables be meaningfully used to predict aggressive behavior? These are just some of the questions that are central to the MPI’s CRIME Lab, which is dedicated to the use of new technologies and innovative methods in crime and public safety research. CRIME Lab seeks to apply such technologies not only to study crime and public safety but also to develop interventions aimed at reducing crime and enhancing offender rehabilitation.

 Although novel technologies have incredible potential for crime and public safety research, they are currently underutilized by researchers. The MPI seeks to pioneer their use and aims to realize ground-breaking advances in our understanding of criminal and delinquent conduct by improving our understanding of what causes people to commit crime and how we can prevent it. CRIME Lab is part of the Department of Criminology, which is currently undergoing a significant transformation under its new director, Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder. CRIME Lab will be at the heart of the new Department of Criminology. Although the physical state-of-the-art research facilities are currently being constructed, CRIME Lab builds on ongoing research by Prof. van Gelder and collaborators using virtual reality.

What we are looking for

You will be Institute’s lead developer of new applications that will be used in research conducted by the Department of Criminology. Depending on the type of project, you may work individually with one or more researchers or be part of a larger team of developers, programmers, researchers, and/or practitioners.

You are able to bridge the classic gap between (high-end) ICT and non-ICT oriented clients/scientists, translating technical (im)possibilities into understandable concepts for non-technical scientists. You are also able to understand what the researcher is trying to study and link the proper technological opportunities to their needs.

You will be coordinating the research lab activities and be working closely together with researchers and IT specialists/developers inside and outside the Institute, both within Germany and internationally. You will be in a young and ambitious, multidisciplinary research environment that aims to push the boundaries of the current state of the art in crime research.

You have an interest in social science and applied problems (such as improving public safety) and a drive to contribute to science and help realize the Department’s research agenda. You enjoy working with others, are flexible, and can think (far) outside the box (e.g., help organize hackathons connecting practitioners, social scientists, and computer scientists to tackle crime related problems).

Your profile

Skills & knowledge

  • You have:
    • Experience with (social) scientific research or collaboration in scientific projects;
    • Experience in managing and taking part in software development projects;
    • A university level or Fachhochschule degree (or equivalent);
    • Ample experience with game development platforms, such as Unity and the Unreal Engine;
    • 5 years or more experience with programming in C# (experience with C++ and Java is a strength);
    • Experience with image editing (e.g., Photoshop);
    • Experience with 3D modelling (e.g., in Blender, Maya, or 3DS Max);
    • Experience with animation, texturing, shading (e.g., Blender, Maya, 3DS Max, iClone).

Competencies & work attitude

  • You have a flexible work attitude and are able to adapt to changing circumstances and demands.
    • You think flexibly;
    • You enjoy learning;
    • You take initiative and enjoy operating in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • You are able to approach new challenges from multiple perspectives and to help researchers translate their research questions into a viable digital product or solution.
  • You are empathetic, show initiative, are facilitating, and creative.
  • You have excellent communication and social skills.
  • You are proficient in English, both written and spoken.
  • You are creative, critical, and highly motivated.
  • You enjoy working both independently and in teams.

About us

The Department of Criminology of the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg has recently been taken over by a new Director and aspires to lead innovation in its field. You will therefore be working in a young, dynamic, and highly multi-disciplinary research environment at one of the leading centers for research in public security matters in Europe. The Institute is organized into three research departments: criminal law, public law, and criminology. It is part of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, one of world’s most distinguished research organizations. Not only does the Max Planck Society and its institutes offer the opportunity for trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation among its 86 institutes; it also supports its researchers in such efforts and in the development of their academic careers.

Our offer

The Institute offers excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an international and dynamic atmosphere, and is located in a beautiful city with a vibrant student life set in spectacular green surroundings. The candidate’s qualifications and previous experience are the basis for calculating the salary according to the rates for German civil service employees. The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for health care, unemployment, and retirement.

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Society is committed to employing more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications from such qualified individuals. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

The Institute is committed to the reconciliation of family and career. There are a limited number of daycare spots at a nearby childcare facility that are available to the children of the Institute’s employees.

 Information and Application

For more information, you may directly contact Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder ( To apply for this position, please submit a letter with your motivation, your résumé (including name, email, address, phone number), and two or more references – indicating the reference number K-19-03 – as one PDF file to:

, Re: K-19-03 (max. 5 MB per E-Mail).

The deadline for application is 31 January 2020.