Software Developer for Advanced Robotic Teleoperation development ADVR INAIL - [ Technical ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 23/10/2017 - Expires on: 20/11/2017

The Advanced Robotics Research Line at IIT, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research Institute, is seeking a highly motivated, full-time engineer with a key role in software development for augmented and virtual reality systems and user interface design. The candidate should have a Master’s Degree (or an excellent first Degree and equivalent experience) in Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics, or other fields and expertise in the area of user interface / VR development.

The selected candidate will join a motivated, inter-disciplinary group of researchers and engineers, and have the opportunity to pursue research and development within the project “Sistemi Cibernetici Collaborativi – Teleoperation” in collaboration with INAIL (“Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro” - National Institute for Insurance against Workplace Injuries, Italy) CUP J32F17000950005.

The project will develop a novel, collaborative, master-slave teleoperation hardware and software system targeting operation in hazard-prone industries, with the aim of reducing risks to workers’ health and safety. It will utilize, develop, and integrate advanced technologies in tele-locomotion, tele-manipulation, and human-machine interaction. The objectives of the project are: (1) integration of a new hydraulic quadruped field robot; (2) development of a novel dexterous robotic manipulator arm for object grasping and manipulation; (3) development and integration of a novel master hand exoskeleton device for haptic tele-manipulation; and (4) development of novel user interaction interfaces for intuitive teleoperation using augmented reality and virtual reality systems.

The vision is the design of novel user interaction interfaces to transform the master-slave teleoperation paradigm through the use of novel augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. In the industrial environment, these tools will assist operators to visualize the operating field, the field robots, access real-time information, etc. They will form the primary systems for tele-navigation and bilateral haptic teleoperation of field robots through existing haptic master interfaces.


  • Master’s Degree OR excellent first degree and minimum 2 years’ experience in computer science, engineering, robotics, or related fields;
  • Familiarity with Virtual and/or Augmented Reality engines and game development with Unity3D and / or UnReal;
  • Experience developing software for interactive user interfaces using multi-threaded programming in Linux-based system with OOP languages, C++, etc.;
  • GUI design and knowledge of toolkits such as ROS RViz, Gazebo, Qt or others is a plus;
  • Strong team player, able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary, international research team and carry out tasks autonomously; English language skills preferred (or willingness to learn);
  • Willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches to support scientific investigations;
  • Able to travel to meetings, demonstrations, and other events;
  • Creative and proactive attitude.
  • The successful candidate will be offered a contract for the whole term of the project (31 months max.) with a highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Expected start date: February 2018.

    Please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting the position for which you are applying. Please apply by November 20th, 2017.

    Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), 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.

    In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

    We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

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


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    L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

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    Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

    Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

    La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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    Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

    IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

    In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

    So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.