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Research assistant with possibility for PhD – Build-up of a simulation software for abrasive processes in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing (IWF) at ETH Zurich performs internationally leading research on machine tools and in the field of production engineering. We are looking for an intern with informatics background for support on a new research project with close industrial contact.

Project background

The IWF process research group is aiming to develop a modular software tool for abrasives processes in general, called iBRUS. For two decades IWF carries out research on abrasive processes like grinding, lapping, wire sawing, and hard broaching. For consolidating the piled-up knowledge of several research projects a simulation framework with a modular structure is intended and the results attained so far shall be ported into this framework. This framework shall be used as a basis for further research in the field and shall allow us to easily integrate new kinematics, concepts and meta-models. user interfaces shall be designed also and leave sufficient flexibility for future research.

Job description

Your task is to further develop codes already written in Python in collaboration with colleagues knowledgeable in abrasive processes. Additionally, the Python code should be developed modularly, allowing easy integration of new processes, kinematics, functions, equations, etc. A user interface development is also required.

Your profile
  • Excellent programming skills in Python
  • Master's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Robotics, Automation, or a closely related field, or a Bachelor's degree with relevant experience
  • Strong knowledge of Process Design 
  • Familiarity with CAD software (e.g., NX, Solidworks, AutoCAD)
  • Ability to work with measuring test equipment 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to write clear and concise documentation
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong technical skills and an interest in learning about new technologies and techniques
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
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We offer

We offer an inspiring, supportive and team-based industry and research environment that helps you to create your own research and expertise profile. Our team shares a common mission to make a measurable impact in both research and research transfer. The team has an excellent international and national network with research institutions and industrial partners. In the field of design and industrialization of additive manufacturing, we are one of the leading groups with a strong reputation.

We value diversity
In line with , ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational Letter
  • Transcript of records
  • Ev. reference letters

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about D-MAVT and IWF can be found on the following websites:

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  • IWF: 

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