The Advanced Industrial Automation Lab (AIAL) with the Advanced Robotics (ADVR) Research Line of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute, is seeking to appoint two outstanding fellows with a strong ambition to pursue an applied research career.
We are looking for two highly motivated scientists with a MSC in engineering, physics, material science (or similar).
Robotics and Industrial Automation offer challenging career opportunities for engineers in all the fields where automation and control are of paramount importance, such as: industry producing automatic machines, robots and more generally mechatronic systems, resulting from the integrated design of mechanics and control; process industry (chemical and petrochemical, pulp and paper, plastic, energy production and conversion, etc.); transportation systems (ground marine and aerospace) concerning both the development of vehicles (cars, boats, aircrafts, etc.) and the design, management and control of infrastructures (railway, motorway, underground, etc.); transportation and distribution networks (water, gas, electric power, etc); food industry; electrical appliances and home automation; environmental resources.
The goal of our research is to design, create, develop and manage equipment aimed at eliminating direct human intervention, as far as possible, in the operation of machinery, processes, plants and networks distributing goods or providing services. All these activities require creativeness and experience in solving integration problems deriving from the combination of traditional engineering technologies (mechanics and electrical machinery) with information technologies (automation, electronics, computer science, telecommunications). Increasingly complex automation systems are common in all industrial and tertiary sectors and are used both for making equipment and productive processes automatic and for improving the quality and technological content of products. The presence of different technologies in typical automation engineering products and applications explains the highly interdisciplinary nature of the work programme.
These two positions will particularly focus on the field of industrial robots with traditional and unconventional links (rigid, flexible, soft, etc.). Topics are mainly focused on aspects of representation, planning and control of motion of unconventional robotic manipulators and grippers.
The candidates should have a strong technical and theoretical background, with a M.Sc. in engineering, physics, material science (or similar). Prior experience on robot programming, documented by a publication record in the field, will be a plus.
The successful candidates will be offered a contract for 12 months in the Advanced Robotics (ADVR) Research Line of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). Expected starting date is June 2018 or soon after.
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.
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