Open positions

Summary of open positions

Open positions will be listed here when available:

  • NEW! PhD student position in quadruped robotics and machine learning
  • NEW! Postdoc position in quadruped robotics and machine learning
  • Postdoc position in assistive and modular robotics CLOSED

PhD student position in quadruped robotics and machine learning

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open PhD student position in quadruped robotics and machine learning.  The project is at the intersection between robotics, machine learning, and computational neuroscience. Its goal is is to develop a computational architecture that (i) merges spinal-cord-like dynamics with higher-level planning and learning, (ii) allows testing hypotheses about animal motor control at a conceptual level, and (iii) can serve as basis for controlling, planning, and learning rich motor skills in robots. The architecture will be evaluated with a scenario that involves control and learning in a quadruped robot crossing a (simple) parkour. The position is fully funded for 4 years through a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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 robotics, e.g. in computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or physics. The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong engineering background, good programming skills, good math background (e.g. in dynamical systems), and interest in machine learning, computational neuroscience and 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 related fields.

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 November 15 2020, and then continuously until the position is filled. The starting date is early 2021 (with some flexibility). Note that the doctoral programs have different deadlines, e.g. the next one is January 15 2021 for robotics (EDRS).

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]


Postdoc position in quadruped robotics and machine learning

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open postdoctoral position in quadruped robotics and machine learning.  The project is at the intersection between robotics, machine learning, and computational neuroscience. Its goal is is to develop a computational architecture that (i) merges spinal-cord-like dynamics with higher-level planning and learning, (ii) allows testing hypotheses about animal motor control at a conceptual level, and (iii) can serve as basis for controlling, planning, and learning rich motor skills in robots. The architecture will be evaluated with a scenario that involves control and learning in a quadruped robot crossing a (simple) parkour. The position is fully funded for 4 years through a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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 machine learning applied to robotics. An ideal candidate would have prior experience in:

  • Machine learning, in particular reinforcement learning
  • Movement and locomotion control in legged or articulated robots
  • 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 early 2021 (with some flexibility). Applications are requested for November 15 2020, 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]


CLOSED. Postdoc researcher in assistive and modular robotics

We are seeking a postdoc to work on a new collaborative project funded by the EPFL Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. The goal of the project is to create smart assistive environments for persons with limited mobility. Our grand vision is to develop new distributed robotic systems at the intersection between smart homes, neuroprosthetics, and rehabilitation robotics to assist people with limited mobility in their daily living. The candidate will be conducting research and development in the fields of assistive and modular robotics, and will collaborate directly with faculty members from CIS. The position is shared between the Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (Prof Jamie Paik) and the Biorobotics laboratory (Prof. Auke Ijspeert).

See more information and how to apply here: https://recruiting.epfl.ch/Vacancies/1452/Description/2