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EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland: Joint PhD position at UNFoLD & BioRob

(posted 2021-01-18)

The unsteady flow diagnostics laboratory ‐ UNFoLD ( and the biorobotics lab – BioRob ( at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) invite applications by highly motivated students with an affinity for experimental work and interest in understanding and controlling animal swimming and vortices for PhD position at the intersection of biorobotics and fluid dynamics.

The goals of this interdisciplinary project are to decode the mechanisms underlying synchronized swimming in fish and to implement them in swimming robots. The candidate will work at the intersection of fluid dynamics and biorobotics and use state of the art tools from both domains, e.g. time-resolved flow field measurements and a recirculating water channel at UNFoLD and swimming robots from BioRob.

Candidates should hold a master’s degree (or exceptionally a four-year bachelor’s degree) in robotics, physics, aeronautical or mechanical engineering. We are seeking candidates with an affinity for experimental research. Previous exposure to robotics, control theory, or unsteady fluid dynamics is an advantage.

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