[robotics-worldwide] PhD studentship at EPFL in Design and control of compliant modular robots

Auke Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Sat Sep 4 07:47:54 PDT 2010

  Dear Robotics colleagues,

Could you forward the ad below to relevant master students in your lab? 
Many thanks.

Best regards,

Auke Ijspeert

        *Open PhD studentship at EPFL (Switzerland) in *Design and
        control of compliant modular robots

The Biorobotics laboratory  (Biorob, http://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL 
(Lausanne, Switzerland) anticipates to have one *open PhD studentship in 
design and control of compliant modular robots,* starting on* December 
2010*. The position will be funded by the National Competence Center in 
Research (NCCR) in Robotics that will start on December 2010 with 
various institutions in Switzerland. The position is fully funded. It 
will involve interactions with several other robotics groups in Switzerland.


The goal of the PhD thesis will be to participate to the design and 
control of compliant modular robots capable of different types of 
locomotion. There will be a strong focus on hardware implementations by 
reusing and extending existing hardware available in the Biorobotics 
Laboratory (see the Roombots and Salamander robot projects). Another 
strong focus will be the use of controllers based on systems of coupled 
nonlinear dynamical systems (e.g. oscillators) together with 
optimization and learning algorithms.


Candidates need to have a Master degree in a field related to robotics 
e.g. in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or 
Physics. The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong 
robotics background (having worked with and designed real hardware, e.g. 
in legged and/or modular robotics), good programming skills, and a solid 
mathematical background.

        How to apply:

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 doctoral programs, the 
most relevant being "Manufacturing Systems and Robotics" (*deadline 
September 15th!!*),  "Computer, communication and information sciences" 
and "Electrical Engineering".

Step 2: 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 
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch (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 continuously until the position is 
filled. The ideal starting date is the *1st of December 2010* (or as 
soon as possible after that date). Note that the first deadline is the 
application to one of the EPFL doctoral programs,  e.g. the one in 
"Manufacturing Systems and Robotics" (*deadline September 15th*!!)


Information concerning the type of research carried out by the group can 
be found at http://biorob.epfl.ch/. You should send your application and 
any inquiry by email to:

Prof. Auke Jan Ijspeert <http://biorob.epfl.ch/page38158.html>, 
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch <mailto:auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch>
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
INN 237 <http://plan.epfl.ch/?room=INN237>
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
WWW: http://biorob.epfl.ch/

Prof Auke Jan Ijspeert
Associate Professor

Laboratory of Biorobotics
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Station 14, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Office: INN 237     Tel: +41 21 693 2658,    Fax: +41 21 693 3705
www:http://biorob.epfl.ch            Email:Auke.Ijspeert at epfl.ch

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