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M.Sc. Thesis or summer internship position on intelligent robotic instruments

Imagine a musician playing an instrument in a surgery room in a hospital, and according to the musical notes that he/she plays, he/she can direct medicine inside a patient’s body and cure the patient or construct artificial structure from parts. Are you interested to be a part of the research towards such a goal? 

We are looking for a talented M.Sc. student to build instruments that can move miniature objects or droplets with sound, and program those instruments to be able to guide the objects in challenging environments, such as inside human body.  

The successful 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. 

The position on intelligent robotic instruments is opened for Robotic Instruments group ( at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation in Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. The position is immediately available, or from summer 2020 May/June-August or agreed separately. The salary is based on the university salary scheme.

Requirements and details 

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in experimental research and have a background in one or several of the following fields: robotics and automation, mechatronics, acoustics, machine learning, software development, micro-and nanosciences, applied physics, or related fields. The applicant is expected to be innovative, thinking out-of-box, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. Previous experience in one or some of the following areas is appreciated but not necessary: 

  • Software design (e.g., C++/C#, LabVIEW, or Python)        
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Acoustic/mechatronic design and measurements
  • Signal processing
  • Microfabrication
  • Material and surface technology 

The position can start as either a summer internship or M.Sc. thesis worker. For the summer internship applicant, upon completion of the work and based on the quality of the applicant, the candidate can potentially continue as a M.Sc. thesis worker.  

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 23.02.2020 through the recruitment system using the Apply now! link 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] and in recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, [email protected] 

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 University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

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