Student Research Assistant (m/f/div) 

for direct ink writing platform for HASELs

The fanciest aspect of science is its outcomes will contribute to our daily life, but how does a paper become a product? Led by Dr. Christoph Keplinger, the MPI-IS Robotic Materials Department is working on robotic prototypes showing the public the advantages and potentials of our artificial muscle. To free human hands and achieve more efficiency in artificial muscle fabrication, we focus on building a direct ink writing platform for automatic writing electrodes and desired functional elements in plastic films.

    Your tasks:

    The student assistant position will allow 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.

    Possible tasks include:

    • converting or writing the G-codes for required patterns
    • designing and assembling the curing stage for the direct ink writing platform
    • testing the writing parameters for different materials
    • testing the performance of the writing patterns

        Your profile:

        We are looking for talented students who are pursuing a Master of Science in physics (Physik), mechanical engineering (Maschinenbau), mechatronics (Mechatronik), material science (Materialwissenschaft), or related fields to support our research as student assistants (HiWis).

        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 G-code writing and reading, rapid prototyping techniques (especially 3D printing), resin materials (UV-curved, thermal-curved), and carbon materials
                        • interest and/or experience in:
                          ○ industrial production
                          ○ automatic production
                          ○ designing and setting up production lines

                          Our offer:

                          • 12,68€ per hour
                          • An initial contract will be offered for three months
                          • Max. 83 hours per month
                          • Starting date: As soon as possible
                          • Modernly equipped workplace
                          • Strongly international working environment
                          • 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.

                                  Contact and Application:

                                  Please upload your application including a resumé in English or German and a cover letter in English to our appliction portal (

                                  For further questions please contact Xiying Li via

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