Postdoc positions in Robotic Instruments Group

Updated: about 1 month ago

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering. The positions are opened for Robotic Instruments group ( at the department. We are looking for postdocs in the following topics:

  • Advanced miniaturised robotics; Aiming to push forward the frontier of miniaturised robotics in design and in principles, including but not limited to acoustic/magnetic manipulation, miniature mobile robots, miniature 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 bioinformatics, AI, 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 as well as in other universities internationally. The positions are immediately available, and the starting date is based on mutual agreement. The salary is based on the university salary scheme.

Requirements and details

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in miniaturised robotics research and have a background in one or several of the related fields: robotics, automation, mechatronics, computer science, microfluidics, microsystems, or related fields. The required background may vary depending on the topic you are applying. Relevant experience in the research group’s activity fields is appreciated. We expect the applicant is eager 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 or the software/algorithm side depending on the nature of the work. The applicant is expected to be innovative, thinking out-of-box, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. Experiences in physical devices, physical modelling, machine learning and/or software design are appreciated.

You should have or expected to have a doctoral degree in the related field. Further details of the topic of the position can be specified during the recruitment process based on mutual interests.  

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.

How to apply

Please send your application as a single PDF file at 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.

Additional information

For further information, please contact Professor Quan Zhou ( Additional information in recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen,

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

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