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/SEMESTER/MASTER PROJECTS

NEW FOR AUTUMN 2019

1. Fabrication of soft neural implants for optical and electrical interfaces

Semester project and/or master project

Reading and writing into the brain is a powerful method to understand and treat pathological disorders associated with the nervous system. Common methods to do this include both optical and electrical stimulation and recording.

Exploiting technologies established at the LSBI to fabricate neural implants using soft and stretchable thin-film electronics, the aim of this project is to design and validate such implants with stimulation and recording capabilities in the brain.

Must-have competencies:

→ General knowledge in microengineering and electrical characterization

→ Independence and motivation

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Hands-on experience on cleanroom technology

→ Coding experience (MATLAB/Python)

→ Knowledge in neuroscience

To apply:

Contact Noaf Alwahab noaf.alwahab@epfl.ch


2. Soft, hybrid neural implants

Semester project and/or master project

Neural implants are devices aimed at partially restoring neural functions for patients who suffer from various disabilities, such as paralysis, blindness or Parkinson’s. Next generation neuroprostheses require the integration of active electronics directly in the implant. Using soft and stretchable thin-film electronics, we aim to integrate electrical components into the compliant substrate.

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 design it’s own devices, fabricate them 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


3. Fabrication of soft electrical interfaces for clinical use

Semester project and/or master project

When implanted in the body, soft electronic technologies present enhanced bio-integration compared to more rigid counterparts. Such soft technologies have been developed for several years in the laboratory for soft bioelectronic interfaces, enabling new applications to alleviate certain diseases and enable new therapies.

The aim of this project is to contribute to the effort to push this technology toward the clinic. Multiple tasks are being carried out towards this goal and the project can be tailored to fit both the current needs and student’s preferences.

Must-have:

→ Independence and motivation

→ General knowledge in microengineering

→ Interested in medical applications

Nice-to-have competencies:

→ Knowledge in microfabrication technologies

→ Basic knowledge in electrochemical characterization

To apply:

Contact Ludovic Serex , ludovic.serex@epfl.ch