Post Doc in Tactile-based Perception in Soft Robotics - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Pontedera, IIT@SSSA
Added on: 04/06/2020 - Expires on: 31/07/2020

A Postdoctoral position is available at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) within the Soft BioRobotics Perception Research Line. The post is based on a 4-yr research project, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, entitled “PROBOSCIdean Sensitive soft robot for versatile gripping” – PROBOSCIS (FET OPEN - grant agreement No. 863212,

We are looking for an excellent postdoctoral researcher to investigate new tactile perception methods in soft grippers, soft continuum arms and large artificial skins, inspired from the elephant trunk. Priority will be given to applicants with research interests and strong motivation in the following areas:

  • Tactile-based soft grasping and manipulation
  • Tactile discrimination with soft sensing
  • Computational methods for processing touch data in soft robot learning
  • Bio-inspired approaches for tactile perception in soft robotics

Strong skills are required in:

  • Programming (C/C++, Python, Visual Basic)
  • Processing of tactile sensing data
  • Machine learning for robotics
  • English language (written and spoken)

Experience in the following will be an added value:

  • Characterization of soft mechanical sensors
  • Control of grasping and manipulation in compliant grippers based on tactile sensory feedback
  • Control of soft robots

The prospective candidate has a Ph.D. in robotics, computer science, information engineering, or equivalent, and a proven track record of high quality publications.

The successful candidate will join our Soft BioRobotics Perception Research Line in which we aim to create new soft and embodied sensing processes and to investigate natural-like physical interactions by developing totally new robotic solutions that can ‘see the world’ and intelligently interact with it. Our working environment is strongly interdisciplinary, dynamic and collaborative with outstanding research facilities. Within the PROBOSCIS project the candidate will have the unique opportunity of collaborating with world-wide known scientists and professionals in the field of soft robotics, elephant biology, smart materials and 3D fabrication technologies. She/he will be offered a contract with a highly competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:

  • A complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section describing relevant skills commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills (list above);
  • Copy of up to 5 relevant papers, plus a final section titled “Personal contributions” detailing your specific contributions to each presented papers;
  • Names and contacts of 2 referees.

Applications shall be submitted to the following addresses, quoting “Tactile-based Perception in Soft Robotics 78556”, within 31st July, 2020.

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Dr. Lucia Beccai
Mrs. Emma Cappelleri
Involved Research lines
Soft BioRobotics Perception


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