The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT-www.iit.it) an English-language research Institute, is seeking to appoint a well motivated junior/senior postdoctoral research fellow that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design and control of new humanoid platforms. The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within a new European project, WALKMAN, on the development of humanoid technologies in partnership with a consortium which consists of ten leading universities, research institutes and companies in Europe.
This innovative project aims to perform a fundamental advancement in humanoid design and control to allow these robots to operate in unstructured workspaces demonstrating high tolerance and robustness under strong physical interactions with the surrounding space.
The selected applicant will work on the development and control of humanoid systems integrating novel actuation and sensing components and control technologies.
We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding young scientist 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.
- Locomotion and trajectory generation for humanoids.
- Whole body control, balance and push recovery stabilizers.