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Doctoral student position on contactless robotic manipulation in nonlinear fields
Aalto University

Date Posted Feb. 28, 2023
Title Doctoral student position on contactless robotic manipulation in nonlinear fields
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
We are looking for a doctoral student on contactless robotic manipulation using 3D spatially and temporally nonlinear energy fields. The candidate is expected to develop robotic manipulation systems to manipulate passive or active miniaturized agents in the energy fields by spatial and temporal control of the fields. Examples of the energy fields include acoustic, mangetic, fluidic flow, etc., which will be specified later. 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 as well as in other universities internationally.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. The position on intelligent robotic instruments is opened for the Robotic Instruments group ( at the department.

This is a funded position and is immediately available. The salary is based on the university salary scheme.

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in miniaturized robotics research and have a background in one or several of the related fields: control engineering, robotics and automation, machine learning, applied physics, or related fields. Experiences in modelling of nonlinear systems, robotic devices,  deep learning, and/or software design are appreciated. Additional experience in contactless manipulation, micromanipulation, mobile microrobotics, or other topics relevant to the group’s activity is appreciated. We expect the applicant to be eager to work on both physical robotic systems and autonomous control algorithms and software including machine learning. The applicant is expected to be innovative, thinking out-of-box, eager to work across the disciplinary boundary, and hands-on.

The applicant should have or be expected to have an M.Sc. degree in the related field. The actual research topic of the position will be further specified during the recruitment process.

Please send your application as a single PDF file at your earliest convenience or by Friday 31.03.2023 through the online recruitment system. Email applications will not be considered. You can access the recruitment system through the "Apply now!" link below.

Application material should include (all documents in English):
  • Letter of motivation / initial research ideas (1 - 2 pages max)
  • CV and publication list
  • Official transcripts of the previous degree(s)
  • Degree certificate(s) and/or expected graduation date
  • Contact details of three referees

For further information, please contact prof. Quan Zhou (

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Electrical Engineering promotes high-quality science, technology and innovations for the benefit of the Finnish society and all of humankind. In our research environment, the natural sciences, engineering and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and promote well-being. With our research, we seek to respond to many challenges posed by sustainable development and the results are applied, for example, in mobile devices, electrical networks, health care and in satellites. School’s special strength is linking the research with the Finnish and international business sector. We have around 2000 students in total, and around 250 master’s and 50 doctoral degrees annually. Our personnel consists of 700 people with over 70 professors.

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