The iCub team (https://www.iit.it/research/lines/icub) and the Smart Materials Research Line (https://www.iit.it/research/lines/smart-materials) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow to work on the topic of Materials for New Robot Sensors for our humanoid robots.
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow to develop robotic sensing solutions based on “smart materials” which have been recently designed at IIT. More specifically, we would like to develop large area flexible touch sensors for our humanoid robots. The project requires mixing different skills, namely, material science, electronics, and robotics. The ideal candidate is proficient in electronic design with a solid understanding of the physics of electrical circuits. Knowledge of C/C++ is a plus. We expect all design activities to stem from a principled experimental approach that satisfies the constraints imposed by the robot’s mechanics as for example its overall size, wiring, and digital connections, combined with limits of the physics of the sensors to be effective in terms of robustness, resolution, spatial distribution, etc. To this purpose, physical simulations may be employed. The resulting sensors will be tested and used directly on our robot prototypes in experiments involving human-robot physical interaction as well as object manipulation.
This research is part of a large-scale project, funded directly by IIT, that aims at developing innovative robotic technologies based on new materials. For robots to be commercially feasible in the long term, notwithstanding the improvement of their general performance level, we must investigate issues such as cost, dependability, robustness, and sustainability. Material science bears the promise of addressing these issues consistently and for good. We have therefore funded the design of new material-based robots where for example:
The successful candidate will be offered a salary commensurate to experience and skills.
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