Specific Openings

New !! - Postdoc in 4D Human Capture and Understanding / Marker-less 3D Human Pose Estimation / Human Performance Capture

New !! - PhD Student in Marker-less 3D Human Pose Estimation / Human Performance Capture / 4D Human Capture

Postdoctoral Researcher in 3D / 4D Computer Vision and Graphics

!! NEW !! - Fully funded PhD position - Deep-Learning-based Dynamic Scene Reconstruction in General Environments (Humans and General Objects)

Bachelor and Master Theses

As you can see from our project page, there is a variety of very exciting projects on the boundary between computer vision and computer graphics that we are interested in. We are always looking for students who are in pushing the limits of technology further within a Master or Bachelor thesis. We always have a variety of Master thesis topics available from the following areas of research. If you you want to get more detailed information, please get in touch with Prof. Christian Theobalt via Email.

General Openings: PhD (student) positions / postdoc opportunities

The group Graphics, Vision and Video and the Computer Graphics Group at MPI are looking for PhD students (wiss. Mitarbeiter) in the areas of

  • marker-less motion and performance capture
  • 3D scene reconstruction
  • 3D video and 3D TV
  • video analysis and processing
  • machine learning for graphics and vision

Applicants should have a Master degree (or equivalent) in computer science or a related field and show an outstanding academic record. We further expect research experience in one or several of the following fields: 3D computer vision, computer graphics, motion capture, machine learning, physics or applied mathematics. Candidates should have solid programming experience (C/C++) and be familar with the typical software tools used in the community (MATLAB, OpenGL etc.). Finally, we expect the candidates to be fluent in both written and spoken English.

A PhD at MPI Informatik means spending 3-4 exciting years in a highly inspiring international environment with some of the world's leading researchers in computer science. Full funding is provided - for the duration of your PhD you are employed as a researcher (wiss. Mitarbeiter) at MPI. In case you are interested, please submit your complete application package including a CV, a list of publications, transcripts, and the contacts of at least two references via Email or mail to the address below.

Looking for a postdoc position ?

We encourage talented researchers who just completed their PhD and who are looking for postdoc positions in one of the above fields to get in touch with us. Candidates should have a PhD in computer science or a related field and have a high-quality publication record in one of the above fields. Please send your complete application package, including copies of degree certificates, transcripts, a CV, the contacts of at least two academic references, and, if available, a list of publicatins via mail or Email to the address below.

Contact for Applications

Christian Theobalt
MPI Informatik
Campus E1.4
66123 Saarbruecken

Email: theobalt ( at ) mpii.de

Further information about selected research projects in the group Graphics, Vision, and Video can be found here.
Please also check the list of publications of our group and the Computer Graphics Group.

Important General Information for PhD / Postdoc Applicants

We fully encourage applications from talented students who are passionate about a career in research. However, we regularly receive very unspecific PhD applications and CVs which lack a focus and a clear motivation. Please note that we only consider candidates who motivate very thoroughly and convincingly why working with me in my field of research is what they would really like to do. In addition to that an applicant should have an outstanding academic record and should be fluent in both written and spoken English. We also expect research experience in a related field of work, preferably documented by respective high quality publications.

Applications which fail to fulfill these requirements will most likely remain unanswered. Finally, the following helps a successful application: 1) We know the applicant personally (e.g through a Master thesis in our group, research visit, etc.) 2) the applicant obtains recommendations from respected authorities in Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning and/or Graphics or related fields.

About the Institute

The Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) Informatik is one of the world's leading research institutes in computer science. The group Graphics, Vision & Video headed by Christian Theobalt performs cutting edge research on fundamental algorithmic problems that lie on the boundary between computer vision and computer graphics. The group has pioneered many developments in 3D scene reconstruction and video processing, and respective papers were published in the top international venues for computer graphics and vision, including SIGGRAPH, EUROGRAPHICS, CVPR, ICCV and ECCV. The institute is embedded in a strong ecosystem of computer science research on the campus of Saarland University which also hosts the Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems, the Department of Computer Science of Saarland University, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the Intel Visual Computing Institute, the Cluster of Excellence Multi-modal Computing and Interaction, the Center for Bioinformatics, and the Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA). In total, more than 300 PhD students in computer science study and work in the different institutes on campus.