Postdoc Positions

Direct Applications

  • You are interested in researching the structure and architecture of the Internet, how they are and - more important - how they could be?
  • Together with some of the world's most renowned experts on this field, with outstanding international connections?
  • You are strong with measurement, analysis, statistics and algorithms?
  • Would love to work in the beautiful and inspiring heart of the German Saarland?

If you can answer these questions with "yes" then please do not hesitate to contact us, or simply send your unsolicited application with all necessary documents by mail to

Lise Meitner Award Postdoctoral Fellowship

Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science

Every year, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics awards the Lise Meitner Award. This grant supports excellent female computer scientists in their careers, giving them the opportunity to develop their scientific ideas without exertion of influence. It consists of a two-year tax-free postdoctoral research fellowship including business expenses.

Fellows will be chosen based on the strength of their academic background and research credentials. Applications should include

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • publication list
  • short research plan
  • two references that will be contacted later to provide recommendation letters

For more information please see or contact

Ph.D. Positions

Below are several different graduate programs that will allow you to work with us. Note that you may apply to more than one of these programs. It is possible to enter these programs already with a bachelor's degree.

International Max Planck Research School for Trustworthy Computing (IMPRS-TRUST)

The International Max Planck Research School on Trustworthy Computing (IMPRS-TRUST) is a graduate program jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), the Computer Science Department at Saarland University, and the Computer Science Department at TU Kaiserslautern.

To apply for Ph.D. positions, please see International Max Planck Research School.

 CS@Max Planck Doctoral Program

At the CS@Max Planck Doctoral Program, the selection is purely based on academic excellence in the broad area of computer and information science. You will have the option to work with any faculty member at any of the Max Planck Institutes that engage in computer science research (i.e., MPI-SWS, MPI-INF, MPI-IS, or MPI-SP) or at our partner universities. Students normally start their graduate studies at the Saarland Informatics Campus in Saarbrücken. While taking courses, they have the opportunity to explore research in different areas as part of immersion labs at different MPIs and universities. Latest in the 4th semester, they take the qualifying exam and start work with their chosen research advisor(s) at any of the participating MPIs or universities.

Project Positions / Research Assistant Positions

Researcher Assistant (m/f/d) for 6G-RIC project

6G wireless technologies supporting mobile data networks are currently being developed and are expected to provide unprecedented performance and enable new applications such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), ubiquitous real-time communications, and the Internet of Things. Several companies and countries are currently interested in 6G network technologies. Germany has recently funded several large research hubs developing 6G solutions, of which our research group is one. Our research focus will be on campus networks.

Your Tasks:

  • Develop models for 6G networks, their applications and performance requirements, as well as algorithms and optimization frameworks to run 6G networks in a highly reliable and efficient way;
  • Design solutions to make the best use of a given infrastructure, from centralized cloud to virtualized edge cloud to programmable hardware (programmable switches such as Tofinao, SmartNICs, NetFPGAs, etc.);
  • Analytically evaluate your approaches and, where appropriate, build simulations in a realistic experimental environment;
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research results and present results in scientific publications and posters at international conferences and workshops or to industry partners.

The possibility to pursue a PhD is given.

We are looking for a very motivated and excellent PhD student with excellent expertise and interest in networks (Software-Defined Networks (SDN), programmable data planes, smartNICs) who will contribute to the foundations of efficient and reliable 6G telecommunication networks.

Expected Qualifications:

  • Successfully completed academic university degree (Master's, Diploma or equivalent) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Profound conceptual and technical understanding of communication networks, especially wireless and mobile networks, is required.
  • Strong knowledge of and interest in optimization techniques and algorithms, especially linear programming, approximation algorithms, and online algorithms is essential.
  • Solid knowledge of distributed systems is expected.
  • Basic knowledge of programmable networks and cloud computing is expected.
  • Basic programming skills are expected.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills are required. A high level of oral and written fluency is expected.
  • The ability to work in a team of international scientists is expected.
  • Experience in programming smartNICs is an advantage.
  • Experience with optimization methods and tools (e.g., linear programming tools such as CPLEX and Gurobi) is desired.
  • Basic experience in research methods and scientific writing is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of the German language or willingness to learn German is an advantage.

Please send your application, quoting the reference number and together with your curriculum vitae, degree certificates and transcripts including grade transcripts, and other supporting documents by e-mail to Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D., at

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged.

Likewise, we would like to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

By applying for the job description, you consent to the processing and storage of your personal data as part of this application process.

Bachelor / Master Thesis Positions / Student projects

If you have an idea for a Master or Bachelor thesis that you think would fit into our group, feel free to contact us with a short overview of your expertise and what you want to do by mail:

For more information about the areas our reasearchers are working on and our currently open projects for students, please see our student projects website.