The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for student research assistants/HiWis (m/f) to help us set up an acoustic levitation experiment enabling us to study the complex dynamics and self-assembly of drops of ferrofluids.
Ferrofluids contain nanoscopic magnetic particles that give these liquids highly unusual properties: when an external magnetic field is applied ferrofluids become magnetized and form complex 3-dimensional shapes.
While a broad range of technological applications makes ferrofluids particularly worthwhile studying, we are specifically interested in the idea of ferrofluids acting as toy-model for complex, self-organizing systems.
For this reason we are going to study drops of ferrofluid in an ultrasound trap. The goal of this project is to create a levitation environment for the ferrofluid drops with a well-controlled magnetic field. Therefore we are looking for HiWis (m/f) interested in levitation technology (in particular ultrasound), creation and control of magnetic fields, and data acquisition/processing using high speed cameras. The first task is to set up a “TinyLev“-trap.
A contract will offered be for at least 6h / week (preferrably more), and be limited to 3 months, with possible extensions.
- Enrollment at a German university (obligatory for HiWis) in a relevant field such as Physics or Engineering.
- Experience with electronics
- Experience with or willingness to learn computerized control of experiments and data acquisition.
What we offer:
The MPI for Intelligent Systems is one of the world's leading research institutions for machine learning, com-puter vision and robotics, studying the concepts of intelligence and autonomy on every conceptual scale. We offer an interdisciplinary, open research environment among international staff, with connections to institutions within and outside of Germany. The post is ideally suited for students looking to extend their scientific and cul-tural horizons. Students without a Bachelor’s degree will earn € 10,14 per hour. Students holding a Bachelor’s degree will be paid € 11.79 per hour. Multiple positions are available until filled or no longer needed.
In case of a HiWi job, the maximal number of work hours is 20 hours per week/83 hours a month.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepre-sented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 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.
Please direct your applications quoting reference number 14.18. including (a) 1-page CV and (b) a short moti-vation letter to Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Optics and Sensing Lab, Dr. V. Volchkov, email@example.com