Post-doctoral Position on High-Performance DEAs

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Post-doctoral Position on High-Performance DEAs

Your mission :
The Soft Transducers Laboratory (EPFL-LMTS) at the EPFL in Neuchatel, Switzerland has an opening for a talented and motivated postdoc to develop high-performance Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEAs), a type of electrically-driven artificial muscle.
You will develop robust high-strain soft actuators, based on a novel elastomer developed by an industrial partner, for applications in haptics, robotics, and other fields.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
You will design and fabricate DEAs using high-permittivity elastomers, and perform detailed electromechanical characterization of those devices. You will investigate phenomena that limit operation and develop new methods to push back those limits.

Your tasks include:
  • Fabricate DEAs in our cleanroom using a range of compliant electrodes
  • Develop and automate test benches for device characterization (mechanical, electrical, optical)
  • Understand the interplay between materials (electrode, dielectric), device architecture, and operating conditions on performance and lifetime
  • Optimize these DEAs for applications in soft robotics and haptics
  • Publish in high level journals

Your profile :
You have :
  • a PhD in Experimental Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or Materials Science
  • Strong experimental skills
  • The ability to collaborate closely with colleagues in a multicultural setting
  • Ideally experience with DEAs, soft actuators or electrostatic actuation

We offer :
  • Excellent facilities (state of the art cleanrooms, dedicated platform for soft matter processing, extensive characterization equipment)
  • A young, dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and international working environment.
  • Competitive salary according to EPFL salary scale for postdoc

Start date :
1.11.2019 or by arrangement

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :
100 %

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.
In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 43383.

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