Open positions

Summary of open positions

Open positions will be listed here when available:

  • (NEW!) PhD student position in numerical models of human locomotion and epidural stimulation
  • PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

PhD student position in numerical models of human locomotion and epidural stimulation

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, http://biorob.epfl.ch/) and G-Lab (https://www.epfl.ch/labs/courtine-lab/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) anticipate to have one joint PhD student position in numerical simulations of human locomotion and epidural stimulation. The goals of the project guided by Prof Auke Ijspeert and Prof Grégoire Courtine are (1) to participate to the development of neuromechanical models of human locomotion and motor control (i.e. numerical models of spinal cord circuits coupled to biomechanical simulations of the body),  (2) to model motor impairments resulting from spinal cord injury, and (3) to simulate and optimize the effects of epidural spinal cord stimulation on restoring motor behaviors (as currently carried out in Courtine’s lab). The position will be fully funded.

EPFL is one of the leading Institutes of Technology in Europe and offers extremely competitive salaries and research infrastructure.

Requirements:

Candidates need to have a Master degree in a field related to computational neuroscience, e.g. in physics, computer science, or bioengineering. The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong math background (e.g. in dynamical systems), good programming skills (Python and C), and interest/expertise in modeling neural circuits, locomotion, and neuroprosthetics. Fluency in oral and written English is required.

How to apply for the position:

Step 1: The position is only open to applicants who have been accepted by the EPFL doctoral school (see http://phd.epfl.ch/). The first step is therefore to fill the applications for one of the relevant EPFL doctoral programs, for instance, in neuroscience (EDNE), robotics (EDRS), or computer science (EDIC). Note: other programs might be suitable as well.

Step 2: In parallel to step 1, or once accepted by one of the doctoral programs (please specify which doctoral program and the date of acceptance), the application to the position should be sent by email to Prof. Auke Ijspeert and consist of a motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in the project, and why you feel qualified for it) and a copy of the doctoral program application.

Informal inquiries about the relevance of an application can be sent to [email protected]  (e.g. before or while submitting an application to the doctoral school), but responses can be slow because of a heavy schedule and a filled mail box.

Deadline and starting date:

Applications will be considered starting from Feb 15 2020, and then continuously until the position is filled. The starting date is as soon as possible after April 1st 2020. Note that the doctoral programs have different deadlines, e.g. January 15 2020 for robotics (EDRS), and May 1st 2020 for neuroscience (EDNE).

Contact:

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the lab can be found at https://biorob.epfl.ch/ and at https://www.epfl.ch/labs/courtine-lab/. You should send your application and any inquiry by email to [email protected]


PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

The Neuroengineering Laboratory (NeLy, https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/) in collaboration with the Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open Doctoral position in the bioinspired motor control and robotics. The goal of the project is to design neural networks that can control a Drosophila melanogaster neuromechanical simulation for limbed behaviors including grooming and walking. This work will be in collaboration with individuals performing recordings of actual neural activity and behaviors in real flies. Our vision is to apply what we learn from the real fly to develop more effective robotic limb control algorithms and simultaneously to use our fly simulation and neural network models to generate predictions that can be tested in the real fly. The position is fully funded for 2 years (possibly up to 5 years).

EPFL is one of the leading Institutes of Technology in Europe and offers extremely competitive salaries and research infrastructure.

Requirements:

Candidates need to have a Master degree in a field related to computational neuroscience and/or biomechanics, e.g. in physics, computer science, mechanical engineering or bioengineering. The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong math background (e.g. in dynamical systems), good programming skills, and interest/expertise in modeling neural circuits and biomechanical systems, and in locomotion.

How to apply for the position:

Step 1: The position is only open to applicants who have been accepted by the EPFL doctoral school (see http://phd.epfl.ch/). The first step is therefore to fill the applications for one of the relevant EPFL doctoral programs in robotics (http://phd.epfl.ch/EDPR), or neuroscience (http://phd.epfl.ch/neuroscience).

Step 2: In parallel to step 1, or once accepted by one of the doctoral programs (please specify which doctoral program and the date of acceptance), the application to the position should be sent by email to Prof. Pavan Ramdya and consist of a motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in the project, and why you feel qualified for it) and a copy of the doctoral program application.

Informal inquiries about the relevance of an application can be sent to [email protected] (e.g. before or while submitting an application to the doctoral school), but responses can be slow because of a heavy schedule and a filled mail box.

Deadline and starting date:

Applications will be considered starting from Feb 15 2020, and then continuously until the position is filled. The starting date is as soon as possible. Note that the doctoral programs have different deadlines, e.g. January 15 2020 for robotics (EDRS), and May 1st 2020 for neuroscience (EDNE).

Contact:

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the groups can be found at https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/ and https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/. You should send your application and any inquiry by email to: Prof. Pavan Ramdya, [email protected]


Postdoc position in numerical models of human locomotion

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, http://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open postdoc position in numerical simulations of human locomotion. The goal of the project is to develop neuromechanical models of human locomotion, together with Stéphane Armand (gait analysis, University of Geneva) and Alexandros Kalousis (machine learning, University of applied sciences, Western Switzerland), in the framework of a collaborative Sinergia project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The neuromechanical models will include numerical models of spinal cord circuits coupled to biomechanical simulations of the body. The purpose of the project is (1) to model pathological gaits resulting from motor impairments such as cerebral palsy, and (2) to compare and combine neuromechanical simulation and machine learning approaches for gait analysis. See https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/research/research-dynamical/simgait/ for some first results. The position is fully funded for 2 years.

EPFL is one of the leading Institutes of Technology in Europe and offers extremely competitive salaries and research infrastructure.

Requirements:

Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong publication record in biomechanics and numerical modeling of locomotion.

An ideal candidate would have prior experience in:

  • Biomechanical models of human locomotion
  • Numerical models of human locomotion
  • Numerical models of neuromechanical systems
  • Programming in Python and C
  • Good communication and management skills are a plus. Fluency in oral and written English is required.

How to apply for the position:

Postdoctoral applications should consist of a motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in the project, and why you feel qualified for it), a full CV, two or three relevant publications, and the email addresses of two referees. PDF files are preferred. The files should be sent to [email protected]

Deadline and starting date:

The ideal starting date is this summer 2019 (but flexible). Applications are requested for May 15 2019, and will then be processed as they arrive until the position is closed.

Contact:

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the lab can be found at https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/ . You should send your application and any inquiry by email to [email protected]