Open positions

Summary of open positions

Open positions will be listed here when available:

  • NEW! PhD student position in self-reconfigurable robotics and machine learning (CLOSED)
  • ERC-funded Postdoc position in computational neuroscience and modelling of salamander locomotor circuits (CLOSED)

NEW! PhD student position in self-reconfigurable robotics and machine learning

Together with Prof Jan Rabaey (UC Berkeley) and IMEC, the Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) anticipates to have one open PhD student position in self-reconfigurable robotics and machine learning.

The position is related to self-reconfigurable modular robots (see https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/research/modular/roombots/) and its objectives are (1) to develop a distributed control architecture that allows to control and coordinate different modules in a decentralized way, (2)  to develop a distributed learning framework that uses reinforcement learning in each robotic module in order to improve performance of the individual modules and the team over time, and (3) to test the distributed control and learning architecture in selected demonstrator scenarios (e.g. assistive environment for persons with limited mobility or space applications).

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 machine learning and robotics, e.g. in computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or physics. The ideal candidate for this position should have strong machine learning skills (ideally in reinforcement learning), good math background, some expertise in robot control, and interests in distributed systems.

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 (https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/edrs-robotics-control-and-intelligent-systems/), 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 Prof Jan Rabaey, 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] and [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 October 31 2021, and then continuously until the position is filled. The starting date is as soon as possible (and once the funding is confirmed).

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] and [email protected]



NEW! ERC-funded Postdoc position in computational neuroscience and modelling of salamander locomotor circuits

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open postdoc position in computational neuroscience and modeling of salamander locomotor circuits. The position is part of the Salamandra project, a Synergy grant funded by the ERC that started in September 2021, together with Prof. Andras Simon (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) and Prof. Dimitri Ryczko (U. Sherbrooke, Canada). See some info here: https://actu.epfl.ch/news/salamanders-provide-a-model-for-spinal-cord-rege-3/

The goals of the position are (i) to develop numerical models and simulations of the locomotor circuits in the spinal cord of the salamander, (ii) to analyze their dynamics when coupled to a simulated mechanical model of the body (interactions between central and peripheral mechanisms), and (iii) to investigate their regenerative properties after spinal cord lesions. The models will likely be based on integrate-and-fire neuron models, but other models could also be investigated (e.g. rate-based). The position is fully funded for 2 years (and can be extended to 4 years in total).

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 computational neuroscience. An ideal candidate would have prior experience in:

  • Numerical models of oscillatory (spinal) circuits
  • Movement and locomotion control
  • Integrate-and-fire neural models (or similar neuron models)
  • Good 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 or more referees. PDF files are preferred. Please send your application and any inquiry by email to [email protected]

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the lab can be found at https://www.epfl.ch/labs/biorob/ .

Deadline and starting date:

Applications are requested starting from October 31 2021, and will then be processed as they arrive until the position is closed. The ideal starting date is early 2022 (with some flexibility). 

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]