Opportunities

The Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab is always looking for talented students and postdocs interested in conducting cutting-edge research in the design, fabrication, and control of novel robotic systems. Interested applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Tolley at tolley@eng.ucsd.edu. However, due to a large volume of emails, Prof. Tolley may not be able to reply to each inquiry. On this page, you will find details of what we look for in applicants and some tips for improving the competitiveness of your application.

Prospective Graduate Students

Please consult instructions for applying to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at UC San Diego at the following link (note: it is possible, but less common, to join the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab while pursuing a degree in another department at UC San Diego). Please note that admission is for Fall only:

http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/grad/admissions

Here are some characteristics that will make you competitive for a position in the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab:

  • A passion for biologically inspired robotics
  • Previous research experience (publications are a plus)
  • Previous experience designing, fabricating, modeling, or controlling robotic/mechatronic systems (include details in your personal statement)
  • A high undergraduate GPA
  • High GRE scores
  • Strong communication skills in English (written and verbal)
  • Having applied for fellowships from external sources (e.g. NSF GFRP, NDSEG in the US, or international programs that allow you to study in the US, such as the NSERC PGS in Canada or CAPES in Brazil)

In general, securing external funding in the single most important thing you can do to make your Ph.D. application competitive. For resources on how to apply for to these fellowships, please see http://grad.ucsd.edu/financial/fellowships/.

If you meet the above criteria, and would like to work in the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab, please indicate this on your application to UC San Diego and contact Prof. Tolley by email when you submit your application. However, beyond these guidelines, Prof. Tolley will not be able to comment on the competitiveness of your application.


Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

The Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab does not currently have funding available for postdoctoral fellows. However, it is possible to apply for external funding. Please see the following list of opportunities:

http://cfr.ucsd.edu/postdoc/index.html

Exceptional candidates interested in applying for external fellowships are welcome to contact Prof. Tolley. The characteristics listed above under Prospective Ph.D. Students— with an emphasis on success in research—will make you a competitive candidate.


Prospective Undergraduate Students

The Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab is often looking for talented undergraduate volunteers looking to gain research experience in the design, fabrication, and control of bioinspired robotic systems. However, there are a limited number of positions available. Due to the training required, we are looking for students interested in working longer than a single quarter. Competitive candidates have:

  • A passion for biologically inspired robotics
  • Previous experience designing and fabricating robotic/mechatronic systems (either in a lab, project team, internship, or coursework)
  • Previous research experience is a plus
  • A high undergraduate GPA
  • Good communication skills in English (written and verbal)

Interested students are invited to submit an application using this application form.