Postdoctoral position in “Cognition for safety and ergonomics for human-robot interaction in manufacturing workspaces” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 04/05/2020 - Expires on: 20/06/2020

The COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa – Center for Human Technologies, is opening one postdoctoral position focusing on the assessment of engagement with safety and ergonomic work, design of proactive measures and counter measures for safety preservation, optimization of ergonomics, design of software infrastructure for social interaction and safety-ergonomic preservation.

The research activities will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Alessandra Sciutti and Dr. Francesco Rea (Participant Manager within the Steering Board -SB).

The selected candidate will work with a multidisciplinary consortium of participant to the awarded project APRIL (H2020, n. G.A. 870142). APRIL project aims at implementing and deploying market oriented, low cost and multipurpose robots that supports semiautomatic tasks in manufacturing production lines and handle flexible or deformable materials in industries of any size or domain. The candidate will work with different robotic platforms for human-robot interaction in manufacturing context selected together with the consortium and with different sensorial setups specifically designed to assess the gaze pattern, reaction time, working movements, fatigue level in workers.

The activity will be carried out within the implementation of the APRIL project in a fully equipped laboratory, including motion capture and eye-tracking devices, and in a team with a variety of competences ranging from robotics to designing of experimental studies on humans.

The research for this Postdoctoral position will involve:

  • Sensing of human working conditions for social, safe and ergonomic based activities on human-robot collaboration
  • Design of control systems for Safety in human-robot collaboration
  • Development of a system improving human-robot social collaboration in manufacturing context
  • Development of a system improving ergonomics and mitigating health and safety risks

The first goal of the research is redesigning cognition for safety and ergonomics for human-robot collaboration in manufacturing workspaces. The second goal of technological implications is to support the design of new multipurpose robotics for manipulation of deformable materials in manufacturing processes.

Required qualifications/skills

  • PhD in computer science, robotics, computer engineering or related fields;
  • Knowledge of C/C++ programming languages and Linux/Windows development tools;
  • Ability to communicate proficiently in English (written and spoken);
  • Experience in robotics and in measurement of physiological parameters of human workers

Desired skills

  • Experience in human-robot interaction experiments;
  • Knowledge of middleware for robotics (e.g. YARP or ROS);
  • Experience in data analysis of human physiological data

The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.

Interested applicants should submit CV, list of publications, name and contacts of 2 referees and a statement of research interest to by June 20, 2020 quoting Postdoctoral position in “Cognition for safety and ergonomics for human-robot interaction in manufacturing workspaces - CB 78417” in the subject line.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT ( - was founded with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and further education in science and technology. In this framework, IIT’s scientific program is based on the combination of basic scientific research with the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. The research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Please note that the data that you provide will be used exclusively for the purpose of professional profiles’ evaluation and selection, and in order to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (phone +39 010 71781 - email:dpo[at]


Involved Research lines
COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies


IIT's website uses the following types of cookies: browsing/session, analytics, functional and third party cookies. Users can choose whether or not to accept the use of cookies and access the website. By clicking on "Further Information", the full information notice on the types of cookies will be displayed and you will be able to choose whether or not to accept them whilst browsing on the website
Further Information
Accept and close