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 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.

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