Open positions

Summary of open positions

Open positions will be listed here when available:

  • PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

The Neuroengineering Laboratory ( in collaboration with the Biorobotics laboratory ( at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open Doctoral position in neuromechanical modeling. The goal of the project is to design neural networks that can control a Drosophila melanogaster musculoskeletal simulation for limbed behaviors. This work will be in collaboration with researchers performing recordings of actual neural activity and behaviors in real flies. Our vision is to use our fly simulation and neural network models to generate predictions that can be tested in the real fly, and simultaneously to apply what we learn from the real fly to develop more effective robotic limb control algorithms. The position is fully funded.

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


Candidates need to have a Master degree in a field related to computational neuroscience and/or biomechanics, e.g. Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical engineering, or Bioengineering. The ideal candidate for this position should have experience with mathematics (e.g. dynamical systems), programming skills, and interest/expertise in modeling neural circuits and biomechanical systems. 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 The first step is therefore to fill the applications for one of the relevant EPFL doctoral programs, for instance, in neuroscience (, bioengineering (,  or in robotics (

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


Information concerning the type of research carried out by the groups can be found at and . You should send your application and any inquiry by email to: Prof. Pavan Ramdya,