Two Fellow positions in Software and Control of Robot End-Effectors – Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Research Line - [ Fellow ]

Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 19/04/2019 - Expires on: 31/01/2020

The Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), is seeking to appoint two international well-motivated fellows with a strong ambition to pursue a career towards the development of generic software and control tools for robot end-effectors. At the time of the application, the prospected candidates are about to receive a Master’s Degree in engineering or computer science or have already received a corresponding Master’s Degree not more than 6 months before.

The selected candidate will contribute in activities related to the European project “Rosin” funded by the European Commission with Grant Agreement n. 732287

The successful candidate will be actively involved in kick-starting novel research activities in software and control for universal robotic end-effectors.

The recent development and rapid advancements of collaborative robotic platforms has created the necessity for both the research and the industry of improving and extending the capabilities of robot end-effectors, improving the interaction and collaboration between the robot and the human worker. In particular, concerning grasping capabilities, although classical, relatively simple and task specific, grippers are well able to accomplish their tasks in structured environments; their use in less structured work cells to execute grasping of more complex parts in collaboration with humans required to improve the flexibility of the grasping functionality through appropriate and more complicate end-effector kinematics and actuation capabilities. As part of our research group, you will develop, implement and deploy software components and control algorithms with standardized interfaces capable of controlling a wide range of robotic end-effectors in an agnostic fashion.

The work will be applied on the robot hardware developed in our lab over the past years (HERI hand, Pisa/IIT Soft Hand) and on industrial grippers.

Requirements: The successful applicant for this area is expected to have:

  • Strong programming skills in C++.
  • Excellent team working and communication skills.
  • Experiences with robotics hardware are welcome.
  • Experiences in ROS programming are welcome.
  • Experiences with QT or any other GUI development tools are welcome.

Application Documents: Interested applicants, meeting the requirements outlined above, must submit their application including:

  • A cover letter
  • A CV outlining experience and qualification
  • Names and contacts of at least two referees

The application documents must be submitted via email to Luca Muratore ( Make sure your application is considered by quoting “Fellow position Software and Control of Robot End-Effectors – CB 76715; 76716” in the email subject.

This position will remain open until filled.  

International applications are encouraged.

For further information please contact: Dr. Luca Muratore (

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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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Involved Research lines
Humanoids & Human Centered Mechatronics


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