1 Post Doc Position for Software Engineering for Mobile Manipulation in the Humanoid Sensing and Perception research line, within the iCub Facility - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 06/03/2018 - Expires on: 21/03/2018

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (http://www.iit.it) is a private Foundation, created with special Government Law no. 269 of September 30th 2003, with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.

This project will be executed within the Humanoid Sensing and Perception group (http://www.iit.it/humanoid-sensing-and-perception) within the iCub Facility Department (http://www.iit.it/icub).

This position is supported by the project CARVE, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 EU project RobMoSys Grant Agreement 732410 through its first open call. RobMoSys envisions an industry-grade component development and integration ecosystem able to support the expectations of evolving robotics technology and applications. CARVE will extend the RobMoSys ecosytem coverage by providing Behavior Developers an agile formalism for describing robot behaviors that are simpler to understand, maintain and adapt to different application domains, fostering the creation of a “behavior market” that will complement the “component” market envisaged in RobMoSys. CARVE will make a step change towards the realization of certifiable, autonomous systems. This will further support the adoption of model driven software engineering in robotics, reducing debugging time, development cost, and time-to-market of robotic applications. CARVE will consider an assistive robotic scenario to be implemented with the R1 humanoid robot.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with expertise in software engineering and robotics, to study formalisms and tools for the development of reactive robot behaviours for mobile manipulation with safety constraints. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in an exciting and young environment, in close interaction with research technicians, phd students and post-doctoral researchers in the iCub Facility department.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Robotics or equivalent and the following skills:

  • Software Engineering
  • Experience with mobile manipulation and navigation
  • Strong knowledge of the C++ language
  • Knowledge of robotic middleware like ROS or YARP

An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

Interested candidates should send their application to applications@iit.it emailing their CV, a list of publications, and names of 2 referees (possibly 1 reference letter). Please set the Subject of your e-mail exactly as: “BC 75087 – PostDoc CARVE”.

The deadline for applications is March 21, 2018.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provided will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of IIT. Your data will be processed by IIT, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego, 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on 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
iCub Humanoid Sensing and Perception


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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 ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

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.