M.Sc. Thesis and/or doctoral student position on intelligent robotic instruments

We are looking for talented M.Sc. student and/or doctoral student to explore novel techniques in the field of intelligent robotic instruments. The research can be built upon the current/previous work of the group, e.g. acoustic manipulation, surface-tension based manipulation, bio-micromanipulation, micro- and nano force measurement and mechanical characterization, or related topics in soft matters and soft robotics. The candidate will work in a highly international, dynamic, and pioneering research group, including multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers/professors in different departments of Aalto University as well as in other universities and internationally.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. The position on intelligent robotic instruments is opened for Robotic Instruments group (https://www.aalto.fi/department-of-electrical-engineering-and-automation/robotic-instruments) at the department. The position is immediately available. The salary is based on the university salary scheme.

Requirements and details

As a successful applicant, you should be enthusiastic and highly motivated in experimental research and have a background in one or several of the following fields: robotics and automation, mechatronics, applied physics, microsystems, microfluidics, or related fields. Related experience of the research group’s active fields is appreciated. We expect the applicant is eager to work on both robotics and automation software/algorithms as well as hardware implementation of the instruments. The applicant is also expected to be able to analyse the application specific physical phenomena and develop deep understanding. The applicant is expected to be innovative, thinking out-of-box, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. Experiences in microfabrication and physical modelling will be appreciated.

The position can start as either a M.Sc. thesis work or a doctoral student. For applicant to M.Sc. thesis work, we are looking for students who have succeed well in course study and are research oriented; upon completion of the thesis, the candidate can potentially continue as a doctoral student. For the doctoral student position, the applicant should either have a M.Sc. degree, or expected to have a M.Sc. degree soon. A doctoral student is expected to complete the programme in four years.

The actual topic of the position will be specified based on mutual interests of both the research group and the candidate. The candidate is encouraged to structure the synergies and propose a meaningful topic in the cover letter.

How to apply

Please send your application as a single PDF file at earliest convenience or by Sunday 17.11.2019 through the recruitment system link Apply now!, below.

Application material should include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation / research ideas (about 1 page, max. 2 pages)
  • CV and publication list
  • Degree certificate(s) and/or expected graduation date
  • Contact details of three referees

All applications should be submitted using the online application system of Aalto University. Email applications will NOT be considered.

Further information

For further information, please contact Professor Quan Zhou ([email protected]). In case you have questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, ([email protected]). Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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