Open Positions

Postdoc fellowship in Soft Robotic Gripppers

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems ( and the EPFL Soft Transducers Laboratory ( invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on instrumented soft robotic grippers. The goal is the development of a versatile compliant gripper including distributed sensing and localized variable stiffness for intelligent manipulation of deformable objects. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, stretchable sensors, biosensors, variable stiffness materials, biocompatible materials, phase transition and programmable materials, and machine learning. 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 help supervise graduate students and participate in teaching and fundraising activities. Work location will be both Neuchatel and Lausanne. The project is funded by the European Commission and includes partners in both academia and industry.

Applicants should send an email to both and with a CV, cover letter, names and contacts of three reference persons, and full publication list. 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.

PhD fellowship in variable-stiffness technologies for drones

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 unmanned aircraft to enable multimodal operation and interaction with the environment. The selected candidate will work on mechanical design, soft robotics actuators, multi-functional materials, and sensor integration. The project will be carried out as part of the European project AERIAL-CORE, which brings together a consortium of top academic institutions to study and prototype novel aerial inspection solutions.

Candidates should have a master degree in fields related to Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace 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 This position has a start date of December 1st, 2019.

The first step to apply is to fill the applications for one of the relevant EPFL doctoral programs: Robotics ( or Mechanical Engineering (http://phd.e and mention this position in the application form. Please notice that doctoral programs may have different application deadlines. Please contact Prof. only if you have been accepted by the doctoral school.