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PhD Position in Electrical Engineering and Automation at Aalto University

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PhD Position in Electrical Engineering and Automation at Aalto University

PhD Position in Electrical Engineering and Automation at Aalto University

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is looking for PhD students for the academic session 2021-2022.

The PhD positions are opened for the Robotic Instruments group at the department.


Scholarship Sponsor Aalto University
Scholarships level PhD Position
Award Amount Salary
Fellowship Period Not Specified
Study area Electrical Engineering and Automation
Opening date March 01, 2021
Closing date April 02, 2021

Project Description

We are looking for PhD students in the following topics: 

  • Advanced miniaturised robotics; Aiming to push forward the frontier of miniaturised robotics in design and principles, including but not limited to acoustic/magnetic manipulation, miniature mobile robots, small soft robotics, soft matter manipulation, and swarm robotics
  • AI in miniaturised robotics; Aiming to advance the functionality and performance of miniaturised robotics by adapting/developing AI methods for miniaturised robotics in topics such as acoustic/magnetic manipulation, miniature soft robotics, soft matter manipulation, and swarm robotics.
  • Insect manipulation robots for insect taxonomy; Aiming to develop miniaturised robots that can autonomously manipulate individual insects to classify all existing insect species. The research will be in cooperation with international experts in AI, bioinformatics, and data science.

The candidate will work in a highly international, dynamic, and pioneering research group, including multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers/professors in different departments of Aalto University and other universities internationally. 

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The positions are immediately available, and the starting date is based on mutual agreement. The salary is based on the university salary scheme.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is April 02, 2021

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Eligibility Criteria

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in miniaturized robotics research and have a background in one or several related fields: robotics, automation, mechatronics, computer science, microfluidics, microsystems, or associated fields. The required ground may vary depending on the topic you are applying to. Relevant experience in the research group’s activity fields is appreciated.

We expect the applicant to work on both physical miniaturised robots and automation and autonomous software/algorithm, including machine learning, where the main tasks could focus on either physical side of the software/algorithm side, depending on the nature of the work.

The applicant is expected to be innovative, thinking out-of-box, multidisciplinary, and hands-on. Experiences in physical devices, physical modelling, machine learning and/or software design are appreciated.

You should have or expected to have an M.Sc. degree in the related field.

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In the cover letter, the candidate should specify which topic(s) you are applying for; the candidate is also encouraged to structure the synergies between one’s background/expertise and the preliminary topic(s) listed above or group’s activities, and if applicable, propose a meaningful research topic.

Application Process

Please send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience or by Friday 02.04.2021 through the recruitment system link “Apply now”.

Application material should include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation / research ideas (about 1 page, max. 2 pages)
  • CV and publication list
  • Official transcripts
  • Degree certificate(s) and/or expected graduation date
  • Contact details of three referees

All applications should be submitted using the online application system of Aalto University. Email applications will NOT be considered.

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