Scientific Collaborator in Soft Actuators

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.

Scientific Collaborator in Soft Actuators

Your mission :
The Center for Artificial Muscles has been settled up in Microcity, the EPFL Microtechnology antenna in Neuchâtel, Switzerland . This Center, founded by the "Werner-Siemens Stiftung" is developing biocompatible soft artificial muscles for cardiac, urological and face reconstruction applications in order to become one of the key place in the next decade to propose a credible alternative to current cumbersome devices.

This multidisciplinary project requires knowledge in soft actuators, in particular in dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA), and high-voltage electronics.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
  • Support the manufacturing of a high mechanical power soft actuator based on DEA including cleanroom process and power electronics design.
  • Insure the reliability of the device with mechanical and electrical tests
  • Work in close collaboration with doctoral students in the development of innovative actuators
  • Will be in charge of Innosuisse projects in close collaboration with Swiss companies
  • Technical achievements, reporting and project management

Your profile :
  • PhD (or Master) in microengineering, mechanics, electrical engineering or related fields.
  • Experience on biomedical innovative soft actuator is a must.
  • Strong experimental skills: prototyping, cleanroom process, high-voltage & electronics design, test bench development.
  • Knowledges on FEM, CAD, Matlab and electrical modelling.
  • Must have excellent organization skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and manage doctoral students.
  • Highly motivated, willingness to acquire new skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English).

We offer :
  • A fascinating environment mixing engineering and biomedical
  • A young, dynamic and interdisciplinary team
  • A collaboration with strategic external partners and advanced scientist
  • Competitive salary in accordance to level of expertise and EPFL salary scale

Start date :
September 1st, 2019

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
4 years (maximum) : one year contract, renewable each year.

Please send your offer with cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of last diploma obtained by email to Yoan.Civet [at] epfl[.]ch
In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 43620.

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