The role of early trauma on bone structure
In this project, the effects of early trauma on bone structure will be analyzed by microCT.
Molecular understanding of protein misfolding and aggregation in Parkinson’s disease
Each project will focus around biophysical studies of protein amyloid formation as a function of internal and external parameters using the key protein in Parkinson’s disease (alpha-synuclein) as primary target.
Mobile Eye Tracking for Interface Design
Mobile Eye Tracking Study for Evaluation of Medtech Device in development stage.
Parametric Amplification and Damping of a Mechanical Oscillator
The objective of this project is to develop a mechanical model system consisting of a pendulum that is controlled by a time-varying magnetic field.
Research Associate
The Institute for Robotics and Cognitive Systems (Director: Prof. Dr. A. Schweikard, research group of Prof. Dr. F. Ernst), offers two full-time Research Associate positions (100% E13 TV-L) for a period of three years.
Optical forces to levitate objects against gravity
The goal of this project is to design and build a demonstration experiment, where a dielectric sphere is levitated against gravity by weakly focused laser beam.
Computational hemodynamics for personalised medicine: does time matter?
This student project is aimed at understanding the limitations of the steady-flow assumption in coronary branches with moderate and severe stenosis to speed-up hemodynamics calculation for diagnosis in personalised medicine.
Optical antennas driven by quantum tunneling
We have several semester and master projects available with regards to the study of novel antenna designs, the optimization of device efficiencies and the exploration of new frequency domains.
Anatomic reconstruction in personalised medicine: the more information the better?
The student undertaking the project will help us investigate the geometric level of detail required in the anatomic reconstruction to correctly diagnose patients with coronary artery disease.
Postdoctoral Researcher for Genomic Selection in Common Bean
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) works to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture.
Thermal and optical investigation of ex vivo liver perfusion
A machine is being developed to keep a liver viable outside of the body for multiple days. Various parameters are continuously monitored to evaluate the quality of the liver. An optical and thermal method shall be added to the system to further enhance the understanding of the liver perfusion.
IARU Internship @ ETH Zurich on Gender Attainment Gaps in Higher Education
In several IARU institutions a gender attainment gap is observable at different stages of higher education. The intern will work at the office of ETH Equal! supporting research through literature reviews and data analyses and assess data related to the gender attainment gap in all IARU Universities.
Development of smart, antimicrobial implant coatings for open fracture stabilization
This project will combine literature review with experimental work, with the overall goal to develop smart, antimicrobial implant coatings.
Investigation of flexible spanwise varying camber morphing system
The aim of this project is to develop a flexible spanwise varying camber morphing system, which minimizes the aerodynamic drag, while enabling the adjacent sections to change their camber independently. Some concepts already exist with reduced complexity, which are fixed at the root, and enable camb
Ductile machining of brittle materials: single-grain tests with diamonds on monocrystalline silicon
Wafers for conventional solar cells are sawn using fixed abrasive diamond wires. The cutting regime using this tool is often brittle, which is associated with poor surface quality. The possibility to machine in a ductile cutting regime is to be invastigated using single-grain scretch tests.
Injection of Charged Nanoparticles into an Optical Trap
Nanoparticles can be trapped at the focus of a laser beam by means of the gradient force. A nanoparticle has to be controllably delivered to the focal region of the laser beam. We will explore the electrospray technique to controllably inject nanoparticles into an optical trap working in air.
Resonant optical nano-antennas
The scope of this project is to adapt a fabrication process for optical antennas to transparent substrates and study plasmon-plasmon interactions in these fabricated structures.
Optical Flow Estimation with an Event Camera
The goal of this project is to use event cameras to compute the optical flow in the image plane induced by either a moving camera in a scene or by moving objects with respect to a static event camera.
Surfaced Enhanced Raman Scattering in Network Metamaterials
The exploitation of metamaterials caused a leap in controlling light at the nanoscale. Here, we will focus on a different class of optical materials, dubbed network metamaterials.The key design principle is a sub-wavelength network with functional connectivity in analogy to other robust networks.
Building a high-speed camera! Learning Image reconstruction with an Event Camera
The goal of this project is to turn an event camera into a high-speed camera, by designing an algorithm to recover images from the compressed event stream.
Development of a reflection-type near-field optical microscope
In this project a reflection-type near-field optical microscope will be designed, developed and characterized.
A Visual-Inertial Odometry System for Event-based Vision Sensor
The goal of this project is to develop visual-inertial pipeline for the Dynamic and Active Vision Sensor (DAVIS). The system will estimate the pose of the DAVIS using the event stream and IMU measurements delivered by the sensor.
Continuous Structure From Motion (SfM) with an Event Camera
The goal of this project is to explore the possibilities that continuous structure from motion (SfM) has to offer for event cameras.
Early Stage Researcher - Seeking PhD Candidate
This Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is within the EU research network Spin-NANO (2016-19), which will investigate spin phenomena on the nano-scale and will develop advanced materials and hardware for this research. The network will employ 15 Early Stage Researchers in 6 EU countries.
A Comparison of Single-Material Microstructures and Multi-Material 3D-Printed Solids
This thesis investigates the mechanical and functional properties of single-material micro-/mesostructures and continuous multi-material solid structures and its respective advantages/disadvantages.
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Adaption and implementation of two fluoroscopic C-Arms
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Adaption and implementation of two fluoroscopic C-Arms
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Design and validation of the electrical drive system (vertical axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Design and validation of the electrical drive system (vertical axis)
Machine learning based structure and material optimization of 3D printed artificial spinal disc
3D printed artificial spinal disc that has optimized structure and material owns better performance. To address the expensive computational cost, machine learning is used for response calculation. The goal is to test methods of machine learning and select the best one for spinal disc optimization.
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Implementation of a tracking system – Feedback control algorithm
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Implementation of a tracking system – Feedback control algorithm
Software Engineering of Data Visualizer in Neonatal Oxygenation Monitoring
Design of the UML-model and implementation of the front end for visualization of vital and non-vital parameters in real-time manner.
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: 2 Positions: Design and validation of the mechanical drive (vertical axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: 2 Positions: Design and validation of the mechanical drive (vertical axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Definition of biomechanical and technical parameters
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Definition of biomechanical and technical parameters
Usability Testing of Graphical User Interface in Neonatal Oxygenation Levels Monitoring
Design of the study to quantify the easiness of use of the UI e.g. through investigation of learnability, memorability and error-tolerance of the user interface.
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: DuoFluo Operating System
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: DuoFluo Operating System
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Design and validation of the electrical driveway (horizontal axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Design and validation of the electrical driveway (horizontal axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Implementation of a real-time tracking system – evaluation and testing
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: Implementation of a real-time tracking system – evaluation and testing
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: 2 Positions: Design and validation of the mechanical driveway (horizontal axis)
Development of a Tracking Dual-plane Fluoroscope for assessing musculoskeletal and orthopaedic kinematics: 2 Positions: Design and validation of the mechanical driveway (horizontal axis)
Clinical application: Assess gait variability parameters with inertial sensors (IMU)
This project focuses on the development and implementation of new gait analysis algorithms for use with our new inertial measurement units (IMUs), as well as their comparison with existing solutions and validation against motion capture data.
Implementing a mechanical testing methodology for assessing the flexure stiffness of healed mouse femurs
Assessing the mechanical properties of healed mouse femurs with three point bending tests poses a challenge due to certain test artifacts. Implementation of an experimental, imaging and computational approach will allow accurate determination of these properties.
Trainee
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2000 people. For the particle accelerator control embedded computers populated with FPGA’s are used in a large number and are the backbone of the SwissFEL control system CPU’s. These boards have FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Cards) connected for e.g runnning data aqcuisition of analog signals. Then further application depedant processing is done in FPGA or CPU, which are interconnected with PCI Express. The cards also run the control system interface on top of an embedded Linux distribution. For the large research facilities department we are looking for a
Bubble-powered soft acoustomagnetic microrobots
The newly designed microrobot consists of a cavity at the center of its body and superparamagnetic particles within the polymer matrix. The microcavity supports an air-bubble trap, which enables propulsion in an acoustic field, and the magnetic particles allow controlled motion in a magnetic fiel
Laser focus with zero curvature
The objective of this project is the generation and characterization of a laser beam with “zero curvature” at its focus. “Zero curvature” means that the series expansion of the intensity at the focus has no quadratic term.
Master Thesis: Computational modeling of flow and transport in Kidney
The kidneys are responsible for filtration of blood and removal of waste products of metabolism. To date, kidney O2 regulation is poorly understood. With the help of computational methods and using the latest supercomputers, we aim to determine oxygen distribution in the kidney.
The acoustic nanoswimmer
We develop a new class of nanoswimmer, which propels through aqueous solution by small-amplitude undulation of flexible tail in a predominant travelling acoustic waves.
ANYmal on Rollerblades: Design, Simulation and Control of a Rollerblading Robot
This project explores novel design, simulation and locomotion principles to enable ANYmal to perform gaits that mimic those used by human rollerbladers, for example those that combine walking or running with skating motion.
Computer Vision for Human-Robot Interaction
The goal of this project is to develop a system for human-robot cooperation for a manipulation task on a tabletop-sized workspace.
Proposal for a master thesis: "Which eggs in which baskets? Evaluating risk and return of renewable energy based power generation portfolios"
This master thesis should shed light on the question what is the impact of regional and technological diversification on risk and return of RE-based generation portfolios. The thesis shall apply modern portfolio theory and evaluate the risk and return characteristics of different portfolios.
Vorticity Measurements with Steady State Luminescence Anisotropy
While the measurement of velocity is well established in experimental fluid dynamics with various methods, a suitable one for vorticity is an ongoing challenge. The thesis aims to test a new concept for a vorticity measurement.
New frontiers in functional 3D printing
Here at the Lewis Lab, we aim at introducing a novel, material-independent liquid ejection concept based on acoustic forces and interfacial phenomena. This new concept paves new ways for 3D printing of soft functional materials for use in printed electronics, optical materials, light-weight structur
Creatine Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer
Measurement of metabolites involved in the tissue creatine kinase reaction serves as a way to investigate the role of energy deprivation in the failing heart. Creatine chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) can be used to map creatine levels.
Flux balance analysis of ex vivo perfused pig livers
The liver is the most metabolically active organ of the human body. In this project, we will develop a model to analyse the different metabolic pathways which are active during ex vivo perfusion of pig livers.
Student research assistant position for thermoplastic composite sample manufacturing and material characterization
This research assistant position is focusing on experimental work around the pultrusion of thermoplastic composites using commingled yarns.
Metrics for Design Automation
Any investment in industry has to create added value. To realize projects in the field of design automation initial efforts are required.
M.Sc. Thesis: 3D Thermal Images
3D automated referencing task: align a set of 2D thermal images from a building (or buildings) onto a 3D model (or models) of the same building in order to visualize its thermal quality. The 3D model is extracted from the CAD files of the building(s) while thermal images are captured on site with sp
Innovative Vacuum Bag Systems for Low Energy Composite Manufacturing Technologies
In a recent research project, a new and simple idea has brought to the development of an innovative vacuum bag system, designed for the production of components in a Resin Infusion under Flexible Tooling (RIFT) process. This original tooling system could permits to enhance the process robustness, pr
Implementing BIDS for Animal Imaging
We develop fMRI data analysis pipelines which increase scientific reproducibility and ease multimodal and longitudinal data integration in animal imaging. In order to further pursue these goals we are looking to implement the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) standard in our main pipeline package
Evaluation of morphology dependent mechanical properties of stem cells
Aim of the project: Revealing how does the cell morphology determine the mechanical properties of the cell?
Icephobicity: Towards sustainable active ice repellency
Ice accumulation on surfaces exposed to the environment constitutes an important problem, affecting a plethora of fields, from building rooftops, public transportation, to industrial processes and aerospace.
Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Rake for the Beachbot Robot
The Beachbot is an autonomous mobile robot that draws designs in beach sand. The current rake de- sign is prone to damage. The goal of this project is to identify a more robust design for the rake and then do fabrication, integration with the rake’s control system, and testing.
Surgical Robot for Laser Osteotomy
In this project, the Master candidate will participate in the development of a surgical robot for the manipulation of a semi-flexible endoscope. The robot has 6 DoF for the control of the position and orientation of the endoscopes tip and an additional DoF for the bending of the tip.
Development and Characterization of Interface Bonding Concepts in Composite Lattice Core Sandwich Structures
In order to increase the performance of composite lattice core sandwich structures and to prevent premature interface failure, this thesis aims to develop and characterize improved solutions for creating the core-to-facesheet interface bonding in such structures.
Experimental study of the effects of the fiber-bed pre-conditioning on permeability measurements
CRTM is a manufacturing technique used by BMW for the production of the CFRP frames of the BMW i3 and i8 series. In this process, the resin is pressed into the textile in through-thickness direction. At CMASLab, we are investigating this type of process and developing new methods for the characterization of the relevant material parameters. In the study of the through-thickness textile permeability, the compaction behavior of the fiber bed has a great influence on the flow behavior
Structural Analysis of Composite Lattice Core Sandwich Cylinders
The goal of this thesis is to investigate the structural behavior of sandwich cylindrical shells with composite lattice cores based on parametric finite element analysis and to assess their competitiveness with state-of-the-art technologies for buckling-prone cylindrical structures.
Bragg Molography
Molography is a new optical biosensing technology that has been developed by a collaboration between Roche and our Group. In this project you will further develop the technology by building a new biosensor.
Exploring the microbial potential for bioelectrochemical production of value-added chemicals from CO2
This project has been evaluated by Formas as “outstanding” with regards to its societal relevance and importance. It deals with some of our societies’ biggest concerns; sustainability in producing our society’s chemicals and fuels from non-oil-based sources, and reduction of our net CO2 emissions.
Nutraceutical-based treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) affects ~5 million people worldwide. We aim to develop of a targeted functional food would help improve the daily lives of those suffering from IBD.
Magnetic Control of a Microcatheter for Treating Glaucoma
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. We wish to investigate a new surgical method using magnetic control of a catheter for treating glaucoma.
A Two State Information Filter for Legged Robots
The aim of this project is to implement, test and verify a two-state information filter (TSIF) for a quadruped robot and a walking excavator to estimate the pose and velocities of the robots, as well as model parameters such as inertias and location of center of mass.
Enzymatic tools for Seaweed Biorefinery - Biomass deconstruction and extraction of fine chemicals
New enzymatic tools and processes need to be developed for the proper utilization and processing of seaweed polysaccharides as renewable resource. We have different approaches to achieving this, and hence the project can be tailored to the candidate’s skills and interests.
IARU Internship on Gender Attainment Gaps in Higher Education
In several IARU institutions a gender attainment gap is observable at different stages of higher education. The intern will work at the office of ETH Equal! supporting research through literature reviews and data analyses and assess data related to the gender attainment gap in all IARU Universities.
3D Anatomy Reconstruction using a Magnetic Endoscope
We wish to reconstruct 3D meshes of internal human anatomy using videos obtained from a magnetically controlled endoscope.
Improving sleep quality for healthy aging with wearables
Sleep is essential for a healthy brain function. Consequently, applications that improve this sleep rhythm have become a central topic in sleep research. We aim to investigate how in-home long-term applications of auditory sleep enhancement affects sleep quality, and other physiological/behavioral assessments apart from sleep in older adults
Shifting the paradigm in sleep classification algorithms
During sleep studies there is a need to influence sleep patterns in real time. Constant visual inspection of physiological signals by expert clinical staff is too costly and ineffective. To achieve unsupervised sleep detection, an automatic algorithm is needed.
Implementing of a DC-Motor Model into a Simulation Tool for Diaphragm Pumps
DC-Motors are commonly used in diaphragm pumps. Understanding the dynamics of the drive-pump system and modelling of such a system is the key task of this project.
Development of a methodology for the experimental characterization of capillary forces in engineering textiles
The study of impregnation phenomena of reinforcements textiles requires the investigation of the capillary effects. Those effects are the results of the surface tension forces acting at the resin-fiber-gas interface. Those forces do affect the saturation process of the fiber tows and the overall flow dynamics of the fluid through the porous media
Experimental and numerical investigation of pulling forces during the thermoplastic pultrusion process
The aim of this thesis is to develop and validate a numerical model in cooperation with an industrial research partner to predict pulling forces during the pultrusion process and their dependence of different processing parameters like fibre volume content and pultrusion die geometry.
Robotic training of sports complex skills
Deciphering human movement control strategies is a main topic in Neuroscience, which requires interdisciplinar collaboration. The outcome of this study will help clarifying how complex movements are learnt by humans, and how the subcomponents of this motions are organized in the learning process.
Development of virtual reality exercises for the training of cooperative hand movements
This project aims to develop a new Virtual Reality therapy exercise for the Hand Spindle robot. The exercise will be focused on bimanual movements.
Magnetoelctric Nanocomposite Microrobots for Neuron Cell Delivery and Differentiation
In this project, we would like to develop a nanocomposite helical microrobots based on piezoelectric materials, which can be employed to deliver neuron cells, and, at the same time, to promote the cell differentiation through wireless electrostimulation.
How does perturbing the knee modify kinematic variability and dynamic stability during walking?
Although humans are very good at maintaining balance while walking, how it is achieved is poorly understood. Our goal is to better understand dynamic balance control by describing responses to perturbations to the gait pattern, for example, by locking the knee joint during swing phase. In this project, you will assess the effects of knee locking on kinematic variability as well as dynamic stability during walking.
Adaptivity for Meshless Metal Cutting Simulations
Adaptivity is an interesting concept in scientific computing where more numerical effort is spent in areas of interest than in uninteresting areas. This project concerns itself with introducing adaptive concepts to a meshless metal cutting solver
Comperative Study of Objective Stress Rates
A wide array of objective stress rates are available in the literature. This projects concerns it self with preparing comparative simulations regarding a number of these stress rates using our in house meshless solver.
Advanced Visualization of Metal Cutting Simulations
Metal cutting simulations, or simulations in continuum mechanics in general produce tensorial data (i.e. the stress).
Learning Control
Machine learning for advanced control of intelligent systems
Analysis of leg muscle activity during undisturbed and disturbed walking
A device called the ETH Knee Perturbator has been developed at the RELab. It can induce knee joint perturbations during walking. Measurements of muscle activity while wearing the device and during perturbations offers useful insight in muscle recruitment when gait is disturbed.
Advancing behavioural research methods for fear conditioning
Quantification of fear conditioning is noisy. Our research group is investigating advanced data analysis methods to improve this quantification (see pspm.sourcefourge.net). We advertise multiple subprojects in this programme (see below).
Master thesis "Gestagen metabolites during late pregnancy in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)"
Elephants are among the few mammalians which do not use progesterone as functional gestagen. A detailed analysis of specific progestins using LC-MS/MS will unravel the gestagen meabolites of Asian elephants during late pregnancy and calving.
Maintaining balance after trips: role of movement patterns
Humans use stereotypical movement patterns to recover from trips during walking, but how we choose which pattern to use is poorly understood. The goal of this project is to determine whether single or multiple responses are necessary to ensure balance recovery after trips in a model of human gait.
Design System for Customized Steam Turbine Casings
The expected output of this master thesis is development of a parametrized 3D computer-aided-design (CAD) template to fully customize the design of steam turbine casings.
Liquid armor? A study of projectile resistance in shear thickening materials
Body armor is used by police and military personnel for protection against gunshots and projectiles. This body armor needs to be both flexible, so that they can move easily and hard, in order to stop on impact and protect the wearer. A shear thickening material allows for both us these traits
Numerical design and experimental validation of a pultrusion die for thermoplastic composites.
The aim of this thesis is to develop in close cooperation with an industrial research partner a thermo-mechanical Comsol model to design the optimum pultrusion die for the processing of commingled yarns, including the mechanical design of the die and the experimental validation of the model.
Python Coding, Conducting Economics Experiments
Please see the posting at ETH: https://apply.refline.ch/845721/5413/pub/1/index.html
Master studies or internships at ETH spin-off company
FGen is a biotechnology spin-off company of the ETH Zurich active in the field of Synthetic Biology and high throughput screening. We are located at the Technologie Park Basel and offer positions for bachelor/master studies and internships.
Numerical Investigation of an Electromechanical Internally Resonating Metamaterial
In this thesis an electromechanical acoustic metamaterial for vibration attenuation is investigated numerically. Based on previous work different topologies are assessed on their dynamic behavior concerning wave propagation and frequency response.
Development of a multi-channel Transmit/ Receive Volume Coil (Antenna) for in vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Zero Echo Time
Design and test a multi-channel transmit/ receive volume coil for in vivo zero echo time (ZTE) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging on a human scanner.
Optimization of tapered fiber probes
In this project, a commercial fiber-puller will be used to fabricate tapered fiber probes. A CO2 laser heats a section of the fiber and melts it locally. Simultaneously the fiber is being stretched by a lateral mechanical force, which results in a fiber taper, which breaks when sufficiently thin.
Perfusion Imaging at Ultra-High Field with Multi-Channel RF Transmission
Perfusion is the physiological process of nutritive delivery of arterial blood to a capillary bed in the biological tissue by means of blood flow. Adequate blood flow is survival for the tissues as the supply of oxygen and nutrients and the removal of waste products. Abnormalities of perfusion accou
Advanced Scientific Software Management with Gentoo Linux
We implement advanced software environment features for biomedical engineering, preclinical, and basic research applications. The heterogeneous and rapidly evolving nature of scientific software poses many unique challenges, which we tackle using the exceptional capabilities of Gentoo Linux.
Designing Radial Trajectories for MRI Experiments
The aim of this work is to design trajectories in encoding space for radial MRI that will enable to modify certain image features in a desired way.
Water-fat Separation in 3D Projection MRI
Image reconstruction from data acquired with 3D projection MRI is modified to obtain separate images with water and fat components, based on their differing resonance frequency.

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