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. Our methodologies include visual psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG, TMS in humans. For more information, please visit the department website www.lizhaoping.org.
We are currently looking for a
Scientist (m/f/div) 100%
to join us at the next possible opportunity.
You will provide hardware, software, and managerial support for a diverse set of brain and neuroscience research activities. This includes:
Help conducting the PI’s research projects
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
Provide technical, administrative, and operational support in the research data taking and analysis process (the position holder should have the ability to quickly learn the data taking processes involved in the labs)
Responsibility and management for purchases of laboratory equipment out to tender and evaluation of quotes with final decision making
Hardware repairs and troubleshooting including consultation of manufacturers, deliverers, and scientific staff
Equipment setting up, 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 to ensure smooth transition from one to another team member
Our department is interdisciplinary, with research activities including human visual psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG, TMS. 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, optics, electronics / controllers / sensors, Arduino / Raspberry Pi, etc.
University degree in the field of natural or computer science, engineering, physics, or related disciplines
Evidence or track record of broad technical skills and/or experience
Curiosity about our research topics
Good teamwork skills
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 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 Servie (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.
The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by October 31st, 2023. 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 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, where informal inquiries can also be addressed to. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
For further opportunities in our group, please visit www.lizhaoping.org/jobs.html.