Open Positions

PhD or postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Design and Learning of Tensegrity Robots

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems welcomes applications for a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship on the computational design, self-learning, and adaptive behavior of multi-cellular tensegrity robots with novel materials, sensors, and actuators. We envision application scenarios in disaster-mitigation situations; tensegrity robots will be validated in lab-scale prototypes. The research project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. Suzumori and Dr. Nambae at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Suitable candidates should have a master’s or doctoral degree in mechanical engineering and/or robotics, computational design software, and machine learning (evolutionary algorithms, neural networks). Previous experience in tensegrity system design and/or robotic systems is  an advantage. Applicants suitable for a PhD fellowship should apply to the EPFL Doctoral Programs in Robotics, Control, and Intelligent Systems or in Mechanical Engineering (the next application deadline is April 15, 2023).

Applicants suitable for a postdoctoral fellowship should send an email to [email protected] with a CV, names and contacts of two references, and a full publication list. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. The position is available from Feb 1st 2023 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The position is available for one year and renewable up to 4 years based on performance. Applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship should have received a PhD degree not earlier than 2 years before the intended starting date (e.g., for a start on Feb 1st 2023, the PhD degree should not be earlier than January 31st 2021).

PhD fellowship in Meta-Learning for Soft Robots

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems welcomes applications from Master students interested in the combination of evolutionary, developmental, and neural computation for discovery of reward-based learning. The algorithms will be applied to a large number of soft robots, including flying robots, multi-modal robots, and tensegrity-based robots.

The laboratory has access to super-computing facilities and robot prototyping and testing facilities, including a motion tracking hall with an embedded wind tunnel.

Suitable candidates should have a master’s degree in computer science or robotics with training in machine learning. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the EPFL Doctoral Programs on Robotics, Control, and Intelligent Systems or in Mechanical Engineering (the next application deadline is December 15, 2022).

PhD or postdoctoral fellowship in Soft Exoskeletons for Human-Swarm Interaction

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems welcomes applications for a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship on the design, characterisation, and prototyping of upper-body soft exoskeletons to establish a symbiosis between a human and an aerial swarm. Interested applicants may read our previous work on the FlyJacket.

The laboratory is equipped with a an open wind tunnel embedded in a motion-tracking hall, a swarm of 30+ mini-drones, workshops for mechanical, electronics, and soft material fabrication and characterisation, and access to super-computing facilities.

Suitable candidates should have a master’s or doctoral degree and research experience in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, wearable and haptic engineering, and/or robotic teleoperation, and should have demonstrated, hands-on experience in mechatronic projects. Applicants suitable for a PhD fellowship should apply to the EPFL Doctoral Programs in Robotics, Control, and Intelligent Systems or in Mechanical Engineering (the next application deadline is December 15, 2022).

Applicants suitable for a postdoctoral fellowship should send an email to [email protected] with a CV, names and contacts of two references, and a full publication list. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. The position is available from Feb 1st 2023 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The position is available for one year and renewable up to 4 years based on performance. Applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship should have received a PhD degree not earlier than 2 years before the intended starting date (e.g., for a start on Feb 1st 2023, the PhD degree should not be earlier than January 31st 2021).

PhD fellowship in Soft Mechanics and Materials of Avian-inspired Drones

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems welcomes applications from Master students interested in the design, characterisation, and prototyping of avian-inspired drones capable of agile flight that approximate the agility of birds of prey and can fly over long distances with minimal energy requirements.

The laboratory is equipped with a an open wind tunnel embedded in a motion-tracking hall, workshops for mechanical, electronics, and soft material fabrication and characterisation, and access to super-computing facilities.

Suitable candidates should have a master’s degree and research experience in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, material science, and/or aeronautical engineering, and should have demonstrated, hands-on experience in mechatronic projects. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the EPFL Doctoral Programs in Robotics, Control, and Intelligent Systems or in Mechanical Engineering. The next application deadline is December 15, 2022.