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Postdoc Openings in SOFT MANIPULATION

CB: 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, Control Theory, Computer Science,  Mechanical Engineering, and well established publications record in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Control or robots
  • Force/Impedance control
  • Robotic manipulation and grasping
  • Force/Impedance control
  • Perception driven reflexive grasping
  • Grasp planning, re-planning and optimization for powerful and/or dexterous manipulation
  • Compliant actuation, tendon transmissions and under actuation principles
    • 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
  • Software development (C++, ROS)

Proficiency in one of more areas which include control of robots, robotic grasping and manipulation, 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.

Applicants may also qualify for reduced tax benefits. For further information please contact:  Domenico Prattichizzo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Nikos 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, 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 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Nikos Tsagarakis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) quoting “SOMA PostDoc” in the email header. 

Please apply by February 19th, 2016.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 16:25

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Mechatronic Technician

THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

CB: 71336

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 appoint a full-time  Junior Mechatronic Technician to work on the assembly and debugging of electro-mechanical prototype systems. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic Mechatronic technician with experience and hands-on skills in building and troubleshooting of electro-mechanical systems.

Specific skills and responsibilities of the job would include the following:

  • Inspection and assembly of mechanical and electronic components to fully assemble novel customized robot prototypes.
  • Maintenance and service of electromechanical robotic systems.
  • Crimping of electrical wires, preparation of electrical connectors, and routing of wires and cables.
  • Wiring/soldering operations of customised electronics and sensing components
  • Knowledge of mechanical design tools and ability to read and understand the related schematic and drawings documentations.
  • Operation of workshop machinery including 3D rapid prototype machines as well as other standard workshop machinery for building prototype mechanical components.

The ideal candidate should possess a relevant technical Degree or diploma and be able to demonstrate:

  • Good experience in understanding and working with technical mechanical drawings.
  • Proved hands-on skills in the assembly of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Experience in interacting with workshop personnel as well as in operating standard workshop machinery.
  • Knowledge of design software tools and ability to understand and prepare technical schematics.
  • 2 years of experience in the assembly, debugging and service of practical electro-mechanical systems.

The successful candidate will be offered a contract with a competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For further information about this position please contact: Nikos 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, and a statement of interests and plans to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting MECHATRONIC_TECH 71336 in the email subject.

For consideration, apply by February  7, 2016.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2016 10:41

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Marie Curie Fellow

Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship

BC: 71481

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

Job title:  Marie Curie Fellow

Post: position with an enrolment on a doctoral training programme

The Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (an English- speaking Institute) located in Genoa is seeking to appoint 1 Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the framework of the FP7 Marie Curie Action - Initial Training Networks (ITN),  SMART -E (Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe).

SMART-E is a Doctoral Training Network, funded by the EU Commission’s FP7 Marie Curie Programme, with the aim to prepare the next generation of leading experts in advanced robotics to secure a sustainable manufacturing sector in Europe.

The network involves the collaboration of eight European institutions – the University of Salford, University of Zurich, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Technical University of Munich, FESTO, Airbus and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.

The network is bringing together leading experts in the field of embodied intelligence, compliant, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, industrial robotics and automation, smart materials and machine learning in Europe. You will utilise new technologies (mostly pioneered by SMART-E) in state-of-the- art training environments.

The successful candidate will benefit from high quality industrial experience and interdisciplinary projects that are individually tailored.  The research training programme will combine technical expertise acquisition with business & leadership, communication and entrepreneurial skills in order to provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle not only the technical challenges, but also to play a key role in embedding/deploying these solutions into practical applications.

The researchers will have at least 2 placements outside of their host organisation; this may entail a short stay outside their host country. 

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Assistente amministrativo di supporto

THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

CB: 72066

La Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT - nasce con l'obiettivo di promuovere lo sviluppo tecnologico del Paese e l'alta formazione in ambito scientifico/tecnologico.

In questo senso, infatti, l'IIT è impegnato a realizzare il proprio programma scientifico, che vede nell'integrazione fra la ricerca scientifica di base e lo sviluppo di applicazioni tecniche, il principale principio ispiratore.

Gli ambiti di ricerca riguardano campi della scienza dall'elevato contenuto innovativo, che rappresentano le frontiere più avanzate della tecnologia moderna, con ampie possibilità applicative in molteplici settori dalla medicina all'industria, dall'informatica alla robotica, alle scienze della vita, alle nanobiotecnologie.ù

La Fondazione IIT sta ricercando una figura di supporto amministrativo da inserire nell’anno 2016 con contratto a tempo determinato full time presso il Dipartimento di Advanced Robotics.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:23

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Post-Doc Opening in Human-in-the-Loop Control of Assistive Devices

THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

BC: 71298

The Human-Robot Interfaces and physical Interaction (HRI2) Laboratory of the Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT is seeking a highly motivated, full-time postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of human-in-the-loop control of assistive devices. 

We are looking for an outstanding scientist with a PhD in Robotics (or a closely related field) and an excellent publication record in one or more of the following areas :

  • Human-in-the-loop control of upper/lower limb assistive robots;
  • Physical Human-Robot Interaction control;
  • Electromyography (EMG) based rehabilitation/power augmentation control;
  • Biomechanics and motor control of human movements.

The successful candidate will work on the establishment of an effective human-robot interface for intuitive control of the prosthetic/power augmentation devices.

This research will explore the potential of integrating reduced complexity models of the human motor behaviour in the control architecture of the robotic platform.

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 HRII-PD2016 in the email subject.  

Please apply before December 25, 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 December 2015 17:08

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