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Openings ■ Research Departments ■ Advanced Robotics

Post-Doc Opening in Humanoid Technologies: Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

CB: 71365

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute, is looking for an international well motivated full-time postdoctoral research fellow that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design and control of new humanoid platforms.

This position is funded by the European project WALK-MAN (www.walk-man.eu). This innovative project, carried out in partnership with four leading universities and research institutes, aims to advance humanoid design and control to allow these robotics platform to operate in unstructured environment, thus demonstrating high tolerance and robustness under strong physical interactions with the surrounding space.  WALK-MAN is funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 –ICT  programme (GA n. 611832).

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team  and will work on the development and control of humanoid systems integrating novel actuation and sensing components and control technologies.

We are looking for highly motivated, outstanding scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics, Mechanical or Control Engineering and an excellent, well established publication record on mechanical design and/or control of humanoid robots. Previous work in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Design of compliant robots and actuation.
  • Design of articulated legged systems with customised sensing and actuation.
  • Design of Robotic articulated arms, end effectors and hand.
  • Whole body control, balance and push recovery stabilizers.

Proficiency in hardware design with a proven portfolio of practical designs, excellent hands-on practical skills and/or strong competences in humanoid robot control are essential.

The research will be conducted within the Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab led by Dr Nikos Tsagarakis.  International applications are encouraged. 

Expected start date could be from 1st November 2015. For further information contact: Dr N.Tsagarakis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Interested applicants should submit in electronic form their CV outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans, and the names of at least two referees to Nikos Tsagarakis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), quoting HUMANOID in the email subject.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 13:56

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Internship Opening in Control of a Centaur-like Robot - Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

CB: 71369

The Advanced Robotics Department at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute located in Genoa (Italy), is seeking a motivated candidate with an outstanding academic record to pursue a research internship on the control of a Centaur-like robot.

A centaur-like robot is being developed, with the aim of operating in hazardous scenarios including unstructured environments and work spaces. In order to exploit the major benefits associated with mobile robots, quadrupeds and humanoids, a centaur-like robot is designed based on the integration of the aforesaid classes of robots, in such a way that it is equipped with four-wheeled legs and a humanoid upper-body. The robot is driven by state-of-the-art Series Elastic Actuators (SEAs) in order to provide mechanical robustness and suitable interaction performance.

The aim of this research internship will be to develop novel control schemes that enable the robot to perform both legged and wheeled locomotion/manipulation tasks. The whole body control of the robot, including individual manipulation and locomotion control, will be the main topic of this research study.

Requirements:

 A background in control theory, as well as in robot kinematics and dynamics, is required. Candidates must hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, received within the last six months. Applicants should have good commands of the English language, and suitable computer skills. Experience with real hardware is highly desirable.

For any further information regarding this research internship, please contact Dr. Navvab Kashiri at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Interested applicants should submit their CV, names of at least two referees and a short paragraph describing their research background to Navvab Kashiri This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting CENTAUR-INTERNSHIP in the email subject.

Application deadline: September 1st, 2015

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:16

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Post-Doc Opening in Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) Lab

BC:71297

The Department of Advanced Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute, is seeking to appoint international highly motivated full-time junior postdoctoral research fellows who will have a key research role in the area of physical human-robot interaction. 

We are looking for outstanding scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics or Control Engineering and an excellent publication record in the area of physical human-robot interaction.

Previous work in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Physical Human-Robot Interaction control;
  • Human-Robot Interfaces using bio-signals;
  • Control of compliant robots;
  • Dynamic modelling of the human motor behaviour for human-in-the loop robot control;

Research will be conducted within the Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) Lab of the Advanced Robotics Department.

Interested applicants should submit their CV electronically outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans and the names of at least two referees to Dr. Arash Ajoudani ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), quoting HRI in the email subject.  

Please apply before August 31st, 2015.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:16

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Post-Doc Opening in Humanoid Technologies: Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

CB: 71364

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute, is looking for an international well motivated full-time junior/senior postdoctoral research fellow that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design and control of new humanoid platforms.

This position is funded by  the European project CENTAURO (www.centauro-project.eu), performed by a consortium of six leading universities and research institutes in Europe. This project aims to develop an innovative CENTAURO robot that will be equipped with hybrid legged-wheel mobility and a two-arm manipulation system which will permit it to operate in unstructured workspaces demonstrating high tolerance and robustness under strong physical interactions with the surrounding space.  The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team to  work on the development of CENTAURO robot. CENTAURO is funded by the European Commission, under the H2020-LEIT-ICT  programme (GA n. 644727).

We are looking for highly motivated, outstanding scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics, Mechanical or Control Engineering and an excellent, well established publication record on mechanical design and/or control of humanoid robots. Previous work in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Design of compliant robots and actuation.
  • Design of articulated legged systems (bipeds or quadrupeds) with customised sensing and actuation.
  • Design of Robotic articulated arms, end effectors and hand.
  • Locomotion and trajectory generation for quadrupeds.

Proficiency in hardware design with a proven portfolio of practical designs, excellent hands-on practical skills and/or strong competences in humanoid robot control are essential.

The research will be conducted within the Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab led by Dr Nikos Tsagarakis.  International applications are encouraged. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:07

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Mechanical Design Engineer

CB: 71363

The Dynamic Legged Systems Lab (DLS Lab) at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), ( http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/dynamic-legged-systems.html ), an English-speaking research Institute, is looking for a full time mechanical design engineer (fixed term contract) with proven experience in CAD, structural analysis and testing.

The DLS Lab is known for its cutting-edge research in the area of high-performance robots with legs.  The Lab’s main research platform is the hydraulic robot HyQ (http://www.iit.it/hyq), one of the world’s top performing quadruped robots. HyQ2Max is the evolution of HyQ and currently undergoing stress-testing.

The successful candidate will have a key role in the mechanical design of new autonomous all-terrain legged robots, and upgrades of existing robots including HyQ, HyQ2Max and our new hydraulic arm. Furthermore, he/she will provide general mechanical engineering support for the different projects within the DLS Lab.

The successful candidate should have:

  • strong expertise in mechanical design, FEM analysis, preferably with experience in the field of robotics
  • experience in developing test rigs, conducting tests, and iteratively improving designs
  • at least three years of work experience
  • good working knowledge of at least one industry standard CAD package
  • strong motivation to work towards the creation of robust, high-performance robotic platforms for outdoor use
  • creativity and out-of-the-box thinking
  • team player with good oral and written communication skills (English language)
  • independent, analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • ability/willingness to integrate into a multidisciplinary, dynamic, international research group
  • highly motivated

Further desirable but not necessary skills include:

  • Experience in ProEngineer/Wildfire/CREO
  • Experience with hydraulic systems
  • Experience with legged robots
  • Knowledge of Matlab

The salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will include additional health benefits.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:39

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