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PhD position : Dexterious robotic micro and nano-manipulation

The objective of this PhD thesis is to develop manipulation-planning algorithms that perform dexterous micro/nano-manipulation tasks, which has several particularities compared to classical dexterous manipulation. The planning algorithm has thus to ensure the sufficient dexterity,  precision  and  robustness and  comply  with  the robot  kinematics  as  well  as  the  available  space.

Several planning algorithms that take into account arbitrary shaped planar objects have already been developed and validated. To go further, the PhD candidate will extend thedexterous manipulation algorithm capabilities to arbitrary shaped 3-D micro-objectsand take into account particular robot’s kinematics as well as the constraintson the accessible space.The output of this thesis will have impact on several fields of robotics which will allow the successful candidate to develop skills in several domains.

The proposed PhD thesis is for curious, inventive, autonomous,dynamicand self-motivatedapplicants who have a Master’s degree or equivalentin Robotics, Mechatronics, Computer Science, Mechanicsor related fields.

PhD Offer : Development of a specific bio-interface for the detection of pathogenic bacteria in the food industry

Context :

This thesis subject consists inthe development of a biosensorwhich should besensitive, selective, at controlled cost (compromise between cost of material relative to the detection limit) and rapid response, for the detection of pathogenic elements in the field offood and biomedicalindustries, thus responding to the risk of infection for the population.

Environnment :

The FEMTO-ST institute (http://www.femto-st.fr), is a joint research unit of more than 700 members under the supervision of the University of Franche-Comté(UFC), the CNRS, and the Engineering National School of Mechanics and Microtechnology(ENSMM).

PhD specialty: Engineeing and material sciences

Employer: Université de Franche-Comté

Salary: 23484 euros before taxes per year

Localisation: Institut FEMTO-ST (UMR 6174) , Besançon

Start : october 2020


PhD Director : Vincent HUMBLOT, in charge of research CNRS - vincent.humblot@femto-st.fr

PhD Co-director : Thérèse LEBLOIS, University Professor  - therese.leblois@femto-st.fr

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PhD Thesis proposal : Acousto-fluidics in water emulsion and foam for detection of bio-analytes

Since a few year, we are working inside the Biomicrodevices team of the FEMTO-ST Institute (www.femto-st.fr) on a new paradigm of bio-analyte sensing. In short, the principle is based on the capture of bionalayte on the surface of functionalized droplets/bubbles followed by their acoustic probing for estimating the bioanalyte concentration in the liquid. The sensor has potentially several advantages over existing techniques used for biomolecular interaction analysis: increased total capture (increased capture surface for the same sensor surface), increased capture efficiency (strong increase in diffusive transport) and simple regeneration (flushing micro-droplet).

Following up on other PhD and post-doctoral work, the PhD student will focus on the bubble-droplet interaction with acoustic wave both by simulation and experimentally by designing, building and testing micro-devices. The work will take place in the Phononics team (M. Addouche) with strong expertise in acoustics and numerical simulation and the BMD team (F. Chollet) with expertise in MEMS, microfabrication and microfluidics. Strong collaboration with the other members of these two teams, that total about 30 members, is also expected. Moreover, the candidate will have access to the FEMTO-ST cleanroom, a key partner of the CNRS Renatech network of cleanroom (https://www.femto-st.fr/fr/Plateformes-technologiques/Mimento-presentation), with help from its experienced staff for all the microfabrication work.

Start date : 1/10/2020. Duration : 3 years


Durée : 3 ans


POST-DIGITAL - the European Training Network on Post-Digital Computing - announces 15 positions for Early-Stage Researchers with the option of being awarded a doctoral degree.

POST-DIGITAL is a doctoral-level European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Action.

POST-DIGITAL will provide 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) with a world-class advanced training programme educating them to the level of the next generation of leaders in the fields of unconventional computing with light and neuromorphic computing. This will be achieved by exploiting challenging interaction between the 8 academy and 5 industrial consortium members.

POST-DIGITAL ESRs will acquire unique scientific and technical skills joining photonics with neuromorphic computing with the aim of developing novel post-digital computing systems which will surpass classical digital information processing in terms of processing concepts, bandwidth, layers, adaptation and learning mechanisms.

ESRs in POST-DIGITAL will acquire a uniquely broad interdisciplinary education, which will enables them to design and develop unconventional computing systems which, for the first time, will pass over the threshold of real-world exploitability.

Positions will be available at Aston University (UK); University of Groningen (Netherlands); Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France); Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); Agencia Estatal de Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spain); Thales (France); LightOn (France); IMEC (Belgium); VLC Photonics (Spain); IBM Research Labs Zurich (Switzerland).

POST-DIGITAL Partner Organisations providing secondments and specialised training are: IniLabs (Switzerland); University of Ghent (Belgium); Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain).