Post-Doctoral Position in Design & Control of industrial inspection robots for power plant maintenance - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 22/03/2018 - Expires on: 31/07/2018

The Advanced Robotics (ADVR) Research Line of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute, is seeking a highly motivated, full-time post-doc, who will have a leading research role in the design and control of an innovative collaborative robotic system for industrial applications within the Advanced Industrial Automation Lab (AIAL)

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and will have the opportunity to pursue research within a project developed by IIT and an industrial partner operating worldwide in energy production and power plant maintenance.


In the past decades, industrial robotics has been the dominating sector in the robotic sales worldwide. However, there are indications that today's robotics market is about to undergo substantial changes.

The aim of the project is to create a new robot arm able to accomplish the inspection tasks

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Robotics, Mechanics, Electronics or other fields related to design and control of robots, and with an excellent track record in the area of Robotics, Electronics or Mechatronics.

In this position, the candidate will have a key role in the team responsible for the design, development and control of the manipulator for inspection tasks.


The candidate should have proficiency in the design and control of robotics or mechatronic systems, and a strong portfolio of practical projects. We are seeking a motivated candidate with excellent hands-on competencies and proved experience in the field of robotics-related technologies such as electronics, mechanics, and programming.

The successful candidate should have the following skills:

  • PhD degree (already taken or expected to be taken very soon) in mechanical, electronics, engineering, physic or other technical/scientific areas.
  • Ability to communicate technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner
  • Broad understanding of modern and innovative manufacturing techniques
  • Hands-on experience with analysis, design and testing of robotic systems
  • Experience in programming in Labview is welcome
  • Familiarity with data acquisition, control and communications with embedded systems is welcome.
  • Experience in mechanical design with, Creo etc., actuators and drives, hands-on system integration is welcome.
  • Experience in electronical design with, Altium, Orcad etc, is welcome.
  • Available to attend conferences, visit fieldworks, participate in meetings and other events;
  • Ability to work in a team, willing to join a group of young and enthusiast colleagues is a must.


The successful candidate will exploit a solid Foundation of established technologies within the Advanced Robotics Research Line. This foundation consists of extensive know-how on the design and control of mechatronics systems, key enabling technologies, actuation, sensing, embedded control, etc. The successful candidate will be involved in organizing the research and development activities in the assigned tasks, accomplishing project deliverables and communications through reports and demonstrations.

The successful candidate will be offered a highly competitive salary, which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in line with European standards.

To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV (including list of publications), a letter outlining motivation, and names of 2 referees to by July 31, 2018 stating [AEN-IIT candidature CB 75152] in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1500 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavor focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible applications from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.

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.

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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.