Postdoctoral position in Quadrupedal Locomotion of Field Robot for Advanced Teleoperation - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 06/11/2017 - Expires on: 30/11/2017

The Advanced Robotics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research Institute, is seeking a highly motivated, full-time post-doc, who will have a leading research role in the development of Locomotion Strategies for a Quadrupedal Field Robot.

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research 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) CUP J32F17000950005.


The project will create the next-generation, collaborative master-slave teleoperation system for intuitive operation in hazard-prone industries, with the aim of reducing risks to workers’ health and safety.

Specifically, the objectives of the project are the development and system integration of: (1) a hydraulic quadruped field robot; (2) a novel dexterous robotic manipulator arm for grasping and manipulation of objects; (3) a novel master hand exoskeleton device for haptic tele-manipulation; and (4) a novel user interaction interfaces for intuitive teleoperation using augmented reality and virtual reality systems. The project will be developed within an inter-disciplinary group (robotics, engineering, and ergonomics), in close collaboration with end-users.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a PhD in Legged Robots or other fields related to the control and planning of articulated robots, and with an excellent track record in the area of robotics.

The vision is to enable the quadruped field robot to navigate on challenging terrains (outside the laboratory) without losing its balance. The candidate will join IIT’s Dynamic Legged Systems Lab ( with the purpose of developing and extending existing locomotion algorithms to adapt the project’s hydraulic quadruped robot to the given end-user scenarios. A special focus will be given to maximizing reliability and how to cope with unexpected situations of any kind in a proper way. The selected applicant is expected to produce high quality C++ code to be integrated in a medium/large software framework.


  • PhD degree (or expected to graduate soon) in computer science, engineering, robotics, or related fields;
  • Proficiency in oral and written English and ability to represent the team at national and international conferences;
  • Experience with the control and planning of articulated robots;
  • Experience with whole-body control, planning, optimization and/or machine learning;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in using C, C++ and the OO paradigm (under Linux); Confidence with versioning tools (e.g. git)
  • Strong team player, able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, international research team and carry out tasks autonomously;
  • Willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches to support scientific investigations;
  • Record of accomplishment in scientific publications;
  • Available to attend conferences, visit fieldworks, participate in meetings and other events;
  • Creative and proactive attitude.
  • International applications are strongly encouraged.

    The successful candidates will be offered up to 36 months contract, in line with the duration of the project. The salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Expected start date is January 2018 or soon after.

    To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV (including list of publications), a letter outlining motivation and names of 2 referees to and by November 30th , 2017 stating “IT-402 – Post-Doc ADVR INAIL [CB 74170]” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

    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.

    Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data.

    Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

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

    Involved Research lines
    Advanced Robotics Dynamic Legged Systems


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