Post Doc in soft self-powered sensing - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: , IIT@SSSA
Added on: 23/01/2017 - Expires on: 28/02/2017

The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT-Network Center based in Pontedera, Pisa, is opening a Postdoctoral position in the area of self-powered mechanical sensing for soft robotics and wearable systems.

The major objective of this research area is to investigate new sensing solutions for discriminating multiple mechanical stimuli (e.g. pressure, strain, vibration, etc.) from which to harvest energy. The approach is to merge soft materials with function (sensing and energy), and to build innovative responsive soft robotic components and/or garments.

We are looking for a bright scientist expert in the following areas:

  • Soft materials, i.e. flexible and/or stretchable materials and/or conformable, conductive and non-conductive (e.g. textiles, elastomers, polymer-based nanocomposites, conductive polymers, wires/nanowires, etc.);
  • Soft materials microtechnology (e.g. soft-lithography, ink-jet printing, electrospinning, etc.). Experience on two-photon lithography is an added value;
  • 3D fabrication techniques (e.g. additive manufacturing) of low stiffness materials;
  • Microsystem modeling, fabrication and characterization.

All the above competences/skills are highly desirable but not all are strictly mandatory.

Moreover, experience on the following will be highly beneficial:

  • Design of tactile/mechanical sensors;
  • Soft robotic components (e.g. pneumatic) and/or smart wearables;
  • Triboelectric-based energy generation.

The prospective candidate has a background and Ph.D. in Material Science, Engineering, Robotics, Physics or the like. She/he is creative and motivated, with excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills, and proficient in written/spoken English. She/he will be expected to: publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences; proactively perform research in a multidisciplinary working environment; be capable and responsible of setting-up, follow, and monitor personal research plans and directions; supervise PhD students.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, seniority and experience.

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

  • a complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where the CV matches the required skills (list above);
  • a research statement (up to 3 pages) describing research goals and related plans over a 2-year span;
  • copy of (minimum) 3 to (maximum) 5 relevant papers, plus a final section entitled “Personal contributions” detailing the specific contributions to each of the presented papers;
  • the name of 2 referees.

Please send your application to and quoting Soft sensing BC 72349” in the e-mail subject.

Please apply by February 28, 2017.

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