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Openings ■ Research Departments ■ Advanced Robotics

Job Opening for Senior Mechatronic/ Robotic Engineer

 CB: 71334

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The Institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

The Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab of the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) an English-language research Institute placed in Genoa, Italy, is seeking to full-time appoint a Senior Mechatronic/Robot design Engineer who will have a key research role in  the area of mechanical design and assembly of prototype robotic systems.  We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer with excellent and well established record in designing, analysing and implementing robotics systems with highly customised sensing and actuation and clever, functional, and aesthetic implementations.

Specific responsibilities of the job would include the following:

  • Design and optimise 3D/2D models of robot parts and assemblies.
  • Interact with workshops and evaluate manufacturers and suppliers of nonstandard parts.
  • Generate detailed technical documentation for 3D/2D assembly and parts manufacturing.
  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines (electronics, software) to ensure the successful design integration of other hardware components with the rest of the mechanical system.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 09:43

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Job Opening for Junior Mechatronic / Robotic Engineer

CB: 71335

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

The Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab of the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) an English-language research Institute placed in Genoa, Italy, is seeking to full-time appoint a Junior Mechatronic/Robot design/assembly Engineer who will have a key role in the area of mechanical design, assembly and debugging of prototype robotic systems.

We are looking for highly motivated skilled and enthusiastic Junior Mechanical Engineers with experience in designing and hands-on skills in building and troubleshooting of mechanical systems. Specific responsibilities of the job would include the following:

  • Design of mechanical parts using 3D/2D design software tools
  • Interact with mechanical workshops and evaluate manufacturers and suppliers of nonstandard parts.
  • Inspect and perform assembly of mechanical parts.
  • Design and implement test-bed systems for new robot components and physically evaluate and troubleshoot mechanical hardware issues.
  • Integrate mechanical and electronic components to fully assemble novel customized robot prototypes.
  • Operate workshop machinery including 3D rapid prototype machines as well as other standard workshop machinery for building prototype mechanical components.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 09:43

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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

THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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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