NINT - Undergraduate Research Assistants (m/f/d)

Job Code: MPI-Halle-RA / MPI-Halle-Summer

Job Offer from October 04, 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Are you completing your undergraduate studies and looking for an interesting internship or work experience to enhance your education?  The Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany, Department of Nanophotonics, Integration, and Neural Technology, is recruiting Undergraduate Research Assistants with backgrounds in engineering physics, electrical and computer engineering, and bioengineering.  

Our new department is initiating research programs on devices and microsystems for future computing and brain activity mapping technologies. We are launching programs in integrated photonics, AI accelerators, implantable brain probes, miniature microscopes, and 3D cell cultures. Our research crosses many boundaries, so our team members must have an open mind and a strong technical foundation that allow them to answer to new challenges.

Our department has a mix of Ph.D. students, postdocs, scientists, and staff from around the world. The working language in the institute is English.  We are a hardworking and supportive team. We will make sure your transition will be as smooth as possible!

Your tasks

  • Collaborate with the team of scientists, Ph.D. students, and other technical staff to complete projects in integrated photonics and neurotechnologies
  • Design, layout and measure photonic devices
  • Design, fabricate, and measure neural tissue and brain implants
  • Program software and embedded systems
  • Analyze data
  • Contribute to the publication of scientific papers and conference presentations

 Your profile

  • You have completed at least 3 years of undergraduate studies in engineering physics, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, or bioengineering
  • You are motivated by grand challenges and are keen to learn
  • You have foundational knowledge in electromagnetics, optics, microelectronics, electronic devices, statistical analysis, and laboratory skills in electrical engineering (e.g., using oscilloscopes, function generators, multimeters)
  • You have experience in one or more computer programming languages including C/C++, Python, Matlab
  • Prior experience with biology is not necessary
  • You are a fast learner and excited to learn about other disciplines
  • You are an effective team player that excels in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, interdisciplinary and international environment
  • You have good communication skills in English

 We offer

  • The opportunity to work at the forefront of scientific research with an incredible team of highly motivated and smart people
  • Interaction with an international team of researchers and collaborators from around the world
  • Year-long full-time work terms, short-term internships
  • Start date: after April 2020; flexible

Your application

Please send your resume with the names of two references as a single pdf file to

If you are applying for a full-time year-long (12-month) work experience, please reference MPI-Halle-RA.

If you are applying for a short (3 to 4 months) internship, please reference MPI-Halle-Summer.

The Max Planck Society aims to employ more persons with disabilities and increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented; thus, applications from persons with disabilities and women are encouraged.
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