HOW TO JOIN THE LSBI?

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Students applying for internships must either be awarded credits for their work (e.g. master thesis) or provide their own funding (e.g. non-credited summer internship).

Additionally, students MUST fulfill the requirements relevant to their status:

Registered EPFL bachelor and master students

You should organise your agenda to be on site, in Geneva, for at least a full day per week. The travel costs between EPFL Lausanne and EPFL Geneva will be covered.

External students from a partner University

To join the LSBI, you should register first through EPFL academic services – please check the following website for additional information.

External students from a non-partner University

You are welcome to apply to join the LSBI, but you will need to find your own funding source e.g. a scholarship, a grant, etc.

FELLOWSHIP

Foreign students are welcome to apply to one of the following schemes to join the LSBI for a summer, a semester or a year-long internship.

EPFL Excellence in Engineering, E3 program for Summer internship

Deadline Feb 1, 2019

Zeno Karl Schindler Summer School grant

Deadline March 15, 2019

Swiss Government Excellence Fellowship

Deadline Fall 2018 (varies from country to country)

SNSF Ambizione postdoctoral fellowship

Deadline Nov 1, 2018

H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Deadline Sept 12, 2018

INTERNSHIP PROJECTS

NEW FOR FALL 2018

1. Technology optimisation and characterization bench for soft neural implants

The LSBI manufactures bioelectronic interfaces by patterning thin film metallization onto silicone elastomer substrates. Our systems comprise of several technological components, including a soft carrier material, stretchable metallization, electrode coatings on active sites, wiring, etc.We are currently looking for motivated students that could bring in skills and motivation to help us achieve the following goals.

Build a lab test bench to characterise the longevity and reliability of our spinal cord implants by combining several stress mechanisms in a single setup. The student will work side by side our main engineer to assemble and test the equipment.

Develop an improved process for the fabrication of implants. The student will work on process integration of some modifications in our fabrication process flow. The work will be carried out mostly in the cleanroom, with some characterisation steps required to validate the manufacturing results.

Characterise new multilayered stretchable devices for reliability. The student will work on the fabrication of test devices and on their electromechanical characterisation over time.

The envisaged work will involve using the laboratory’s tools and practical contribution to design, processing, assembly and testing is expected.

Must-have competencies:

→ General knowledge in microengineering and electrical characterization

→ Independence and motivation

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Hands-on experience on cleanroom technology

→ Concise and effective reporting

→ Knowledge in materials science

To apply:

Contact Giuseppe Schiavone, giuseppe.schiavone@epfl.ch


2. Implantable medical device for neurological applications

At LSBI we have developed a technology to fabricate implantable soft electrode arrays that can be used to treat neurological disorders such as paraplegia, epilepsy or deafness by electrical stimulation or recording of the brain and spinal cord. We have extensively tested that technology in animals and we are now translating that technology for human use.

The objective of the project will be to fabricate and characterize test devices for implantable electrode arrays. This project will be very important in order to prepare the medical device to be tested in a clinical trial.

Must-have competencies:

→ Basic knowledge in mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering

→ Hands-on experience with microfabrication

→ Independent, motivated, highly organized and focused

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Use of MATLAB

→ Hands-on experience with polymers (spin-coating)

→ Previous experience in a laboratory or R&D

→ Knowledge of quality system

To apply:

Contact Nicolas Vachicouras, nicolas.vachicouras@epfl.ch


3. Bio-mechanical validation of neural implants

 Neural implants are devices aimed for restoring functions and treating disorders associated with the nervous system, such as paralysis, blindness or Parkinson’s disease. The LSBI is currently developing the next generation of ultra-soft intra-cortical implants which require accurate tuning of the physical and chemical properties of the materials involved in the probe design.

 The aim of this project is to design, manufacture and validate a test platform for the characterisation of bulk and surface mechanical properties of various types of ultra-soft elastomers and coatings, and in particular hydrogels.

During the project, the student will design and fabricate test samples and devices in the cleanroom, work with various characterization techniques (AFM, tensiometer, SEM, optical microscopy) and establish composition-properties correlations.

Must-have competencies:

→ BSc in materials science, with good understating of polymeric materials

→ Familiarity with material characterization methods: mechanical testing and microscopy

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Hands-on experience on cleanroom technology

→ Hands-on experience with analytical equipment

To apply:

Contact Michael Shur, michael.shur@epfl.ch


4. Soft, hybrid neural implants

Neural implants are devices aimed at partially restoring neural functions for patients who suffer from various disabilities, such as paralysis, blindness or Parkinson’s. The LSBI has an established technology to fabricate such neural implants using soft and stretchable thin-film electronics. Next generation neuroprostheses require even closer integration of active electronics with the neural system.

The aim of this project is to help integrating active electronics directly onto the neural implant in order to improve its performance and increase its capabilities to record and stimulate the nervous system.

During the project, the student will fabricate devices in the cleanroom, characterize them in vitro and potentially in animal models.

Must-have competencies:

→ General knowledge in materials, mechanics, electrical engineering, cleanroom technology

→ Independence and motivation

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Hands-on experience with cleanroom technologies

→ Hands-on experience in building basic electrical circuits (eg. design or prototyping)

→ Previous experience on multidisciplinary projects

To apply: 

Contact Florian Fallegger, florian.fallegger@epfl.ch