CB: 71443 – 71444 – 71445
The Department of Advanced Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute placed in Genoa, Italy, is seeking to appoint well-motivated full-time post-docs who will have a key research role in the area of mechatronics development of compliant hand end-effectors and soft manipulation control.
The selected applicants of these positions will join an interdisciplinary research group and have the opportunity to pursue research within the H2020 SOMA (Soft Manipulation) project, funded by the European Commission under the grant agreement n. 645599, which has recently started in collaboration with a consortium of leading Universities and research Institutes in Europe.
Research will focus on the development and control of highly adaptable compliant and robust robotic hands and end-effectors, integrating novel soft robotics design solutions and compliant actuation principles and technologies. The developed systems will be employed to provide effective and stable manipulation of demanding and partially unknown objects.
We are looking for highly motivated scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Control Theory and well established publications record in one or more of the following areas:
- Design of robotic hands/fingers or other type of robotic end-effectors and grippers with customized actuation
- Compliant actuation, tendon transmissions and under actuation principles
- Grasping planning, re-planning and optimization for powerful and/or dextrous manipulation
- Grasping stability and force/Impedance control
- Perception driven reflexive grasping
- Control of robots
Proficiency in one of more areas which include hardware design and mechanism analysis, whilst robot kinematics/dynamics, grasping control and physical system modelling are considered essential. Excellent hands-on practical skills will be a plus.
The research activities will be conducted within the Department of Advanced Robotics.
International applications are encouraged. The successful candidates will be offered a project collaboration contract (fixed term) for two years with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Estimated starting date is January 2016 – to be confirmed Applicants may also qualify for reduced tax benefits. For further information please contact: Domenico Prattichizzo (
)and Nikos Tsagarakis (
Interested applicants should submit in electronic form their CV outlining experience and qualifications, a complete list of publications and a list of the three most relevant publications, a statement of research interests and plans, and the names of at least three referees to Domenico Prattichizzo (
) and Nikos Tsagarakis (
) quoting “SOMA PostDoc” in the email header.
Please apply by November 13, 2015.
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