Open positions

Summary of open positions

Open positions will be listed here when available:

  • Postdoc position in numerical models of human locomotion
  • Postdoc position in neural network modeling of insect limb control
  • PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

Postdoc position in numerical models of human locomotion

The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, http://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open postdoc position in numerical simulations of human locomotion. The goal of the project is to develop neuromechanical models of human locomotion, together with Stéphane Armand (gait analysis, University of Geneva) and Alexandros Kalousis (machine learning, University of applied sciences, Western Switzerland), in the framework of a collaborative Sinergia project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The neuromechanical models will include numerical models of spinal cord circuits coupled to biomechanical simulations of the body. The purpose of the project is (1) to model pathological gaits resulting from motor impairments such as cerebral palsy, and (2) to compare and combine neuromechanical simulation and machine learning approaches for gait analysis. See https://biorob.epfl.ch/research/research-dynamical/simgait/ for some first results. The position is fully funded for 2 years.

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 biomechanics and numerical modeling of locomotion.

An ideal candidate would have prior experience in:

  • Biomechanical models of human locomotion
  • Numerical models of human locomotion
  • Numerical models of neuromechanical systems
  • Programming in Python and C
  • 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 auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch

Deadline and starting date:

The ideal starting date is this summer 2019 (but flexible). Applications are requested for May 15 2019, 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://biorob.epfl.ch/ . You should send your application and any inquiry by email to auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch

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Postdoc position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

The Neuroengineering Laboratory (NeLy, https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/) in collaboration with the Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open Postdoctoral position in the bioinspired motor control and robotics. The goal of the project is to design neural networks that can control a Drosophila melanogaster neuromechanical simulation for limbed behaviors including grooming and walking. This work will be in collaboration with individuals performing recordings of actual neural activity and behaviors in real flies. Our vision is to apply what we learn from the real fly to develop more effective robotic limb control algorithms and simultaneously to use our fly simulation and neural network models to generate predictions that can be tested in the real fly. The position is fully funded for 2 years (possibly up to 5 years).

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, robotics, or a related field.

An ideal candidate would have prior experience in:

  • neural network simulations
  • programming of limb controllers and/or strong basic programming in Python and/or C
  • 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 pavan.ramdya@epfl.ch.

Deadline and starting date:

The starting date is March 1, 2018 (but flexible). Applications are requested for December 19 2018, and will then be processed as they arrive until the position is closed.

Contact:

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the groups can be found at https://biorob.epfl.ch/ and https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/. You should send your application and any inquiry by email to: Prof. Pavan Ramdya, pavan.ramdya@epfl.ch

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PhD student position in neural network modeling of insect limb control

The Neuroengineering Laboratory (NeLy, https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/) in collaboration with the Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, https://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open Doctoral position in the bioinspired motor control and robotics. The goal of the project is to design neural networks that can control a Drosophila melanogaster neuromechanical simulation for limbed behaviors including grooming and walking. This work will be in collaboration with individuals performing recordings of actual neural activity and behaviors in real flies. Our vision is to apply what we learn from the real fly to develop more effective robotic limb control algorithms and simultaneously to use our fly simulation and neural network models to generate predictions that can be tested in the real fly. The position is fully funded for 2 years (possibly up to 5 years).

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 computational neuroscience and/or biomechanics, e.g. in physics, computer science, mechanical engineering or bioengineering. The ideal candidate for this position should have a strong math background (e.g. in dynamical systems), good programming skills, and interest/expertise in modeling neural circuits and biomechanical systems, and in 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 neuroscience (http://phd.epfl.ch/neuroscience).

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 pavan.ramdya@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 starting from Feb 15 2019, and then continuously until the position is filled. The starting date is September 2019. Note that the doctoral programs have different deadlines, e.g. January 15 2019 for robotics (EDRS), and May 1st 2019 for neuroscience (EDNE).

Contact:

Information concerning the type of research carried out by the groups can be found at https://biorob.epfl.ch/ and https://ramdya-lab.epfl.ch/. You should send your application and any inquiry by email to: Prof. Pavan Ramdya, pavan.ramdya@epfl.ch