Software Developer (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is a scientific institution that investigates the attentional, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation.

The Institute currently has an opening at the ArtLab for a

Software Developer (m/f/d)
Full Time—39 hours/week


The ArtLab is a multi-purpose event space designed to host behavioral and physiological studies of the aesthetic evaluation of music, literature, performing arts, and media.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaboration in the design and implementation of internal research and development projects in the areas of physical computing (sensors/actuators and interface design), AV signal processing, 3D audio, VR/AR/MR
  • Development, advancement, and integration of sensor systems for the collection, synchronization, visualization, and storage of peripheral-physiological data
  • Development of applications for AV signal analysis (e.g., music information retrieval, audio feature extraction, eye tracking, gesture recognition)
  • Development of individualized hardware/software solutions in the context of scientific-technical-artistic work
  • Support in the realization of studies involving current web technologies as well as relevant game engines and middlewares (e.g., for binaural audio, VR)
  • Development of responsive web interfaces
  • Presentation of current R&D projects and implementation of training (internal/external)

Your qualifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Music Informatics, Electrical Engineering, and/or other relevant professional experience in HW/SW development
  • Very good knowledge and experience in signal processing, music information retrieval, virtual acoustics, object-based audio, and physical computing
  • Profound knowledge of the programming languages C/C++ and Python as well as web technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript).
  • Experiences with MatLab, Max/MSP, PureData, Unity, WebAudio API are desirable
  • Very good command of English, both written and spoken
  • Good command of German is a plus


You will find a pleasant and friendly workplace culture at our Institute, which is located in the attractive Westend neighborhood of Frankfurt.

The earliest start date is October 1, 2020.

The position initially is for a limited period of two years.

Salaries are determined following the salary scale of the German TVöD Bund,* dependent on qualifications and experience; in addition, substantial social benefits are provided, in accordance with German civil service legislation.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We are also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce. Therefore, applicants of all genders and backgrounds are welcome. We also are committed to increasing the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore especially encourage women to apply.

Your application:

Please submit your application including a CV, testimonials, and a cover letter describing your background, experiences, and motivation all together in a single pdf file no later than September 15, 2020, to



Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Human Resources
Grüneburgweg 14
60322 Frankfurt