The Advanced Robotics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research Institute, is seeking to appoint a highly motivated full-time post-doc who will have a leading research role in developing Advanced Robotics and Industrial Automation.
Workplace: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza.
The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within an agricultural robotics project.
The position advertised is part of a Joint Lab project between IIT and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, following the Agricultural Robotics track of the project.
The project tackles the emerging challenge of the dramatic shortage in skilled labour and lower grape price by using robotic solutions. The main goal of this project is to develop and test innovative robotic mobile manipulation technologies for grapevine winter pruning automation. Robot vision, and learning processes on grape vine pruning skills will be merged into a quadruped robot with an arm, with advanced locomotion and manipulation capabilities. Multi-modal sensing system, in particular stereo vision, will be developed and integrated to a full torque controlled robotic manipulator for grapevine recognition, manipulation, and pruning automation using this robotic arm. Robot manipulation performance (e.g., pruning efficiency) and locomotion on various terrain types will be assessed. Impacts of the project embrace the still unreached goal of selective and full automation of grapevine winter pruning.
The results of the vision and manipulation research will be merged with those of our legged locomotion group, resulting into a robotic platform able to navigate and manipulate the grapevine environment in order to achieve the manipulation tasks. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct part of the research within the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore premises.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Robotics, Computer Vision, Control, or other fields related to vision and manipulation tasks for robots, and with an excellent track record in the area of robotics.
IIT is an English language Institute and international applications are strongly encouraged.
The successful candidate will be offered a contract for 24 months with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Expected start date could be September 2018 or as soon as possible.
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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