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Step out of your comfort zone, excel and redefine the limits of what is possible. That's just what our employees are doing every single day – in order to set the pace through our innovations and enable outstanding achievements. After all, behind every successful company are many great fascinating people.

In a spacious modern setting full of opportunities for further development, ZEISS employees work in a place where expert knowledge and team spirit reign supreme. All of this is supported by a special ownership structure and the long-term goal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation: to bring science and society into the future together.

Join us today. Inspire people tomorrow.

Diversity is a part of ZEISS. We look forward to receiving your application regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, philosophy of life, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity.

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Motivation of the work

Turning today's research into tomorrow's applications – together

With a clear focus on user needs, the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT explores new technology and application fields, enabling the transformation of ideas into innovations. Here, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and ZEISS employees meet at eye level and practice an open-innovation culture.For our team of researchers and engineers, we seek for a student supporting our research and experiments for soft-body and tool-tissue simulations and Reinforcement Learning experiments

Your role

  • Work with SOFA, a simulation framework for soft body FEM simulations

  • Enhance existing FEM models and algorithms for the simulation of anatomical structures, including tissue deformations caused during surgery

  • Establish an interface between the simulation framework and real-world experiments - This involves the work on a robot control pipeline as well as computer vision modules

  • Verify your simulation model with phantoms and post-mortem animal models using our lab setups

  • Depending on your interest and experience: Implement a Reinforcement Learning framework for trajectory planning with tool-tissue interactions based on the FEM simulation​

  • A BSc and are enrolled in a masters' program in mathematics, physics, informatics, engineering or similar

  • Programming knowledge in at least one of the following: Python, C++, Matlab

  • Knowledge of Simulation Open Framework Architecture (SOFA) is a plus

  • Basic understanding of Reinforcement Learning is a plus

  • Knowledge in one or more of the following fields: FEM Simulation, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision

  • Excellent organization, problem-solving and communication (English and/or German)

  • Passion for innovation and enthusiasm for new technologies as well as motivation to work in agile, interdisciplinary teams

Wir bieten
  • Young, motivated team with a large and active student community

  • Agile work environment with the possibility to work on various tasks for machine learning-based solutions

  • Option for subsequent bachelor/master thesis

  • Modern office culture with flexible working hours