Lab Mechatronics / Programmer / Assistant (m/f/d)

Einsatzort: Tübingen


  • Neurosciences
  • Cognitive Research

Art der Stelle

Lab Mechatronics / Programmer / Assistant (m/f/d)

Stellenangebot vom 29.10.2021

The Department for Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics studies the processing of sensory information (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory) in the brain and the use of this information for directing body movements and making cognitive decisions. The research is highly interdisciplinary and uses theoretical and experimental approaches in humans and zebra fish. Our methodologies include visual psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG, TMS in humans and behavioral essays, calcium imaging in fish.

We are currently looking for a full-time Lab Mechatronics / Programmer / Assistant (m/f/d) to join us at the next possible opportunity.

The position

You will provide hardware, software, and managerial support for a diverse set of brain and neuroscience research activities. This includes:

  • Computer and IT support of Windows and Linux systems
  • Programming and debugging of computer code, especially at the stage of setting up new equipment or new experimental platforms
  • Hardware repairs and troubleshooting
  • Equipment inventory and maintenance
  • Supervising and training of new equipment users
  • Setting up, updating and managing the database of knowledge and data from research projects, personnel and activities

Our department is interdisciplinary, with research activities including human visual psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG, TMS and animal behavior, calcium imaging. We are looking for a person with a broad technical knowledge base, who loves working in a scientific environment and who is curious, open-minded, and able to adapt and learn new skills and solve new problems quickly. The set of skills that the individual should either already have or can quickly learn includes: MATLAB/Psychotoolbox, Python/OpenCV, Julia/OpenGL, Java, graphics and display technologies, EEG equipment and similar, eye tracking, microscope, laser, optics, electronics/controllers/sensors, Arduino/Raspberry Pi, etc.

Your profile

  • Relevant degree in the field of Mechatronics, electronics, computer science or related discipline. Scientific experience is a plus
  • Evidence or track record of broad technical skills and/or experience
  • Curiosity about our research topics
  • A high level of resilience and professionalism
  • Ability to anticipate problems and skills in project management and communication
  • Strong command of English; fluency in German is highly desirable

We offer

We offer highly interesting, challenging and varied tasks; you will work closely and collaboratively with scientists, students, programmers, administrative staff, and central IT and mechanical/electronic workshop support to help achieve the scientific goals of the department. 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), based on qualification and experience and will include social security benefits and additional fringe benefits in accordance with public service provisions. This position is initially limited to two years, with the possibility of extensions and a permanent contract.

The Max Planck Society seeks to employ more handicapped people and strongly encourages them to apply. Furthermore, we actively support the compatibility of work and family life. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions and strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity.

Your application

The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. We look forward to receiving your application that includes a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, relevant certificates, and three names and contacts for reference letters) electronically through our Job Portal.
Informal inquiries can be addressed to Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.