Research position in Applied Mathematics

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Job Description: 

The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany ( launches a research project with the aim to increase the realism of motion simulation.
Psychophysical laws of perception will be implemented into the control framework of motion-based simulators. Non-linear, high-dimensional human motion perception models will be designed and experimentally tested in driving and flying scenarios using our unique CyberMotion Simulator ( The mathematical challenge will be to establish a relationship between human perception and simulator motion in order to create new highly effective motion drive algorithms for our simulator.

The candidate will be working in the Motion Perception in Vehicle Simulation research group ( together with roboticists, control engineers and psychologists, within the department of Human Perception, Cognition and Action (Prof. Dr. Heinrich H. Bülthoff, The working language will be English.

The applicant should have:
• University Diploma or equivalent Master in Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics
• Knowledge of mathematical nonlinear optimization (NLP solver techniques) and their application to high-dimensional models
• Programming skills (e.g. C/C++, Matlab)

Background knowledge in Control Theory is highly desirable.

The position is funded according to German Public service regulations (TVöD) for two years, with the possibility of extension, starting as soon as possible.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, and so are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.

Application should include as pdf:
- Letter of application describing the motivation, research interests and experience
- CV including qualification profile (soft skills, programming)
- References
- Letter of recommendation
- Certificates and transcripts
- Publications list

The application should be sent per email to:
Paolo Pretto
Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Department of Human Perception, Cognition and Action
Spemannstrasse 38
72076 Tübingen, Germany

Job Categories: 
Research institutes
Deadline for Application: 
Dec 31 2012