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Open Position(s) and Application Procedure

A position is currently available to work on a combined analytical, numerical and experimental study of uniform elastic rods in two contexts:
  1. the characterisation of helical equilibria, including stability properties, in both the cases of self-avoiding and self-contacting configurations,
  2. and the equilibria of knots in the presence of friction.
The first project will be carried out in collaboration with the group of Prof J. Kolinski ( and the second in collaboration with the group of Prof Pedro Reis (fleXLab: Flexible Structures Laboratory)
For this particular position preference will be given to applications at the postdoctoral level, although doctoral level applications will also be considered. Minimal qualifications for a postdoctoral appointment are a PhD in applied mathematics or mechanics or a closely related area, including experience with computation. Ideally there would also be prior experience with some form of the theory of elastic rods, and with experimental work in mechanics.
Review of applications will start April 15 and will continue until the post is filled. The position is available immediately, with the desired starting date being as soon as practicable, and with December 2018 being the latest possible start date. The iniitial contract will be for a 12 month period with the expectation that the appointment will be renewed for a second 12 months, and with some possibility of a further (but still time limited, non-permanent) extension. Assistant (ie postdoc or PhD student) salaries at the EPFL are set centrally, based on experience and family situation, and according to standard scales, which are quite generous even accounting for the high Swiss cost of living. Applications from women are particularly solicited, and applicants of any nationality are welcome. The EPFL deals with any necessary application for a Swiss work permit, which may take up to three months to obtain depending on your nationality. The working language of the group (and much of the EPFL) is English, while free French language classes are available to aid with social integration. This position has associated teaching duties at the (standard) level of 2--4 contact hours per semester week as an assistant (or tutor) in exercise sessions, usually at the level of first or second year undergraduate service courses in calculus or linear algebra. Group members additionally share the (minor) scientific administrative tasks associated with the group.
Applications should be sent via email to Carine Tschanz, including a short statement of interest and motivation, a CV, the address of your professional webpage (if you have one), and the e-mail addresses of three people who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf (the letters of recommendation themselves will only be required at a later stage and should not be sent initially).

General note for PhD level applications

An application to the LCVM2 is for a funded position and associated salary. However you also need to be admitted to a Doctoral School at the EPFL, which is a separate procedure that you should pursue independently. Current and past PhD students in the LCVM2 have been members of the Mathematics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Chemistry doctoral schools, with Physics being another possibiility. More general information about undertaking a PhD at EPFL can be found on the doctoral school's website. In particular a candidacy exam must be passed at the end of the first year. For PhD candidates funding is guaranteed for four years total should the candidacy exam be passed.