Control Engineer for the development of advanced control systems for prosthetic and rehabilitative devices - [ Technical ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 22/05/2018 - Expires on: 15/07/2018

The Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genoa, Italy) is looking for a full-time control engineer (fixed term contract) with proven experience in control design, testing and development of robotic systems, with particular focus on activities related to the European project “Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics and Rehabilitation - SoftPro” funded by the European Commission with Grant Agreement n. 688857, including prostheses and exoskeletons for upper limb. 

The SoftBot Lab is known for its cutting-edge research in the area of humanoid and rehabilitation robots, with focus on soft robotics actuation, end-effectors devices and haptic systems.

Softhand and SoftHand Pro, two of the most recent high performance and innovative robotic and prosthetic hands, are among the devices developed in the lab together with the high performance and dexterous humanoid robot Walk-Man (developed in collaboration with the “Humanoids and Human Centered Mechatronics” IIT research line). The SoftBot Lab is a dynamic environment where the most advanced understandings of natural motor control and the most innovative technologies of robotics proceed in symbiosis, together with a keen interest in technology transfer and the adoption of the EU Open Source/Open Data strategies. The lab counts on outstanding equipment and facilities together with strategic collaborations. Moreover, the lab is active in many research projects such as SoftPro (EU H2020 project), SoftHand (ERC project), SoftHand Pro-H (ERC POC) among many others.

The successful candidate will have a key role in the design of control algorithms, testing, and development of rehabilitation robotics systems, focusing primarily on the development of upper limb prosthetic systems. This development will be performed in collaboration with partners of the EU Project SoftPro and will involve liaising between technical and clinical team-members. Among other duties, the incumbent will be responsible for determining control, electrical and sensing interfaces, definition of specifications and requirements and testing.


  • Experience in the control of robotic systems with multiple degrees of freedom, including study design of the overall control architecture
  • Experience in developing and testing of devices
  • Experience in the field of rehabilitation
  • Experience in the field of control of robotic system
  • Creativity thinking
  • Team player with good oral and written communication skills (English language)
  • Willingness to integrate into a multidisciplinary, dynamic, international research group
  • Highly motivated

Experience and strong knowledge in the following fields:

  • Control Design
  • Technologies for sensing and retrieving of input signals from humans (e.g. surface EMG)
  • Device testing and benchmarking
  • Control of robotic systems
  • Knowledge and experience with sensors, e.g. position sensors, F/T sensors, accelerometers, surface EMG sensors
  • Knowledge of control software (e.g. Matlab)

To apply please send electronically your detailed CV and cover letter, outlining motivation, experience and qualifications for the post to and by July 15, 2018 stating “SOFTPRO CONTR ENG CB 75368” in the subject of the e-mail.

Application deadline: July 15, 2018

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, 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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