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Ph.D. student in Robotic Materials in Dübendorf

EMPA (European Master of Public Administration Consortium) is a network of European schools, that offer master programs in public administration.


to perform a pioneering research in bio-hybrid materials for aerial robots in the Materials and Technology Center of Robotics () in collaboration with the Cellulose & Wood Materials Laboratory ().The Center is based on an institutional partnership between Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa).

Your Profile / Our Requirements (mandatory):

  • B.Sc., M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or other closely-related discipline. 
  • Strong background in physics and chemistry of materials.
  • Strong interest in robotics.
  • Experience in material characterization, including optical and electron microscopy, rheology, mechanical properties of materials. 
  • Knowledge of CAD software (such as SolidWorks).
  • Experience in design (CAD; preferred: Rhino; others) and additive manufacturing of materials.
  • Experience and will of work in a multidisciplinary environment, especially in the one linking Materials-Chemistry-Mechanical Engineering/Aeronautics-Computer Science disciplines.
  • Ability to lead work independently and work in teams.
  • Excellence in English, both written and spoken.


In addition (requirements preferred):

  • Experience in aerial robotics.
  • Experience in soft actuation and sensing for soft robotics.
  • Acquaintance with machine learning.
  • Experience in material simulation.
  • Experience in bio-hybrid materials.
  • Experience in finite elements analysis.
  • Project management skills.
  • Experience in composing academic writing pieces (manuscripts, reviews, etc).
  • Knowledge of the German language.


The Ph.D. degree will be granted by Imperial College London. Work location will be at Empa in Dübendorf, next to Zurich, Switzerland. Strong collaboration and exchanges will be maintained with the Aerial Robotics Lab at the Imperial College South Kensington campus in central London. The London-Zurich link offers an excellent ecosystem for furtherance of the project and for personal development in a variety of areas.

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