Open Positions

Postdoc fellowship in Robotic Materials

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems ( invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on the study and development of smart materials with robotic properties, such as sensing, computation, and actuation. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) variable stiffness materials, biodegradable and biocompatible materials, shape transition materials, bio-hybrid materials, and programmable materials. These robotic materials will be integrated and validated in a range of robotic systems developed in the lab, including soft manipulators, morphing drones, edible robots, tensegrity robots, and wearable robots. The position is available immediately and will stay open until a suitable candidate is found. In addition to research, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise graduate students and participate in teaching and fundraising activities. Former lab members obtained tenure-track faculty positions at leading universities worldwide or spun off successful robotic companies.

Applicants should send an email to with a CV, cover letter, names and contacts of three reference persons, and full list of publications with links to the 2-3 most representative ones. The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Selected applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks for an interview.

Design, Manufacture, and Characterization of Feathered Drone – Internship (3 months)

At the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, we are developing avian-inspired morphing drones with the aim of improving in-flight characteristics in terms of agility and efficiency. For a current research project in collaboration with a globally operating industrial partner we are developing a novel drone. In the first part of the project, you will adopt the current design of the state-of-the-art drone to the project requirements, you will manufacture the prototype and you will integrate the electronics including the autopilot architecture. This work will involve CAD design, 3D printing, foam cutting, laser cutting and processing of carbon composites. The second part of the project will involve the comprehensive characterisation of the drone’s aerodynamic properties in a wind tunnel. You will examine the lift, drag and stability characteristics of the. Finally, flight tests will be performed to demonstrate the drone’s airworthiness.

This project requires a recently obtained mechanical/aerospace engineering degree, previous knowledge with CAD software such as SolidWorks, and experience with manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing. The ideal candidate thinks outside the box, solves problems proactively, and has experience in building drones. Applicants should send an email to with a cover letter, a CV, and the transcript of records.

PhD fellowship in Variable Stiffness Technology for Robotic Surgery and Manipulation (filled)

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems ( invites applications for a PhD fellowship on the design and characterisation of variable-stiffness robotic technologies for integration in surgical instrumentation and in soft grippers for grasping and manipulation of tissues and biological items. The selected candidate will work on mechanical design, soft robotics actuators, multi-functional materials, and sensor integration. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. Brad Nelson (ETHZ) and with Prof. Herb Shea (EPFL).

Candidates should have a master degree in fields related to Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, and/or Mechatronics. Prior experience in prototyping and characterising soft robotic systems is an advantage. This position is not suitable for candidates with only a theoretical and control background. The position is only open to applicants who have been accepted by the EPFL doctoral school (see

The first step to apply is to fill the applications for one of the relevant EPFL doctoral programs in Robotics (, Mechanical Engineering (, or Microsystems and Microelectronics ( Please notice that doctoral programs may have different application deadlines. A copy of the doctoral program application (please specify the position title and the doctoral program) should be sent by email to