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PhD Position in Micromechanical and Horological Design
The Patek Philippe Chair in Micromechanical and Horological Design was established on November 1st, 2012, with the nomination of Professor Simon Henein. Instant-Lab, the name chosen for the new laboratory, is located in Microcity, the EPFL Microtechnology center in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
In the past 200 years, research in mechanical watchmaking has been typically regarded as incremental in nature, focusing on new materials and modifications to existing designs. At Instant-Lab, we are challenging this approach by pursuing a conceptual program intended to revolutionize the mechanical watch. The laboratory is therefore seeking doctoral candidates to bring scientific, engineering and creative skills to this program. Research will involve new high-quality mechanical oscillators to improve timekeeping precision as well as flexure based mechanisms to replace current technology which uses traditional bearings. Emphasis will be given on fundamental scientific questions as well as their engineering applications, so candidates should be prepared to tackle conceptual as well as technical challenges. The laboratory has been established within the last year, so candidates will profit from close collaboration with the newly formed team. A strong theoretical background in mechanics will be required as well as practical experience in the design, realization and testing of physical models. Since these applications are of interest to the watchmaking industry, partnership with industry is foreseen.
Candidates should have the equivalent of a Master’s degree. The formal attribution of this position will be dependent upon candidate's acceptance at the EPFL Doctoral School (http://phd.epfl.ch).
Candidates should send their CV, letter of motivation, reference letters and, if possible, a summary of their previous project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the laboratory is available at the website: http:// instantlab.epfl.ch.