Post Doc in Soft and Bioinspired Robotics - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Pontedera, IIT@SSSA
Added on: 09/11/2017 - Expires on: 24/11/2017

The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT-Network Center based in Pontedera (Italy), is opening a Postdoctoral position in the area of “Soft and Bioinspired Robotics” within the European Commission funded project RoboCom++ (“Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future”).

The main objective of this research area is to develop novel soft robotics solutions taking inspiration from living organisms and natural principles. Particular emphasis is given on distributed sensing, soft actuation and control. These soft robots will integrate smart composite, functional materials and flexible electronics to improve their flexibility, compliance and capability to interact with the environment.

Based on targeted applications, research activities can leverage the excellent CMBR facilities as well as collaborations. International candidates are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for candidates with the following competences/skills:

  • Sound background and working experience in mechatronics/(soft)robotics;
  • Proficiency in computer-aided design, enabling device prototyping/fabrication;
  • Strong knowledge of modelling and finite element analysis functional to design/prototype;
  • Sound knowledge of traditional fabrication techniques and advanced (micro) fabrication technologies;
  • Knowledge of basic principles of electronics.

All the above competences/skills are highly desirable but not all are strictly mandatory. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation and communication skills (oral and written) are highly required.

The prospective candidate has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics or related fields.

He/she is expected to: publish research papers; attend international conferences; proactively perform research in a multidisciplinary working environment (encompassing e.g. engineers, material scientists, and biologists); be able to set-up, follow, monitor and oversee his/her personal research plans; supervise PhD students.

Applications shall include:

  • a complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills
  • a research statement (up to 3 pages) describing research goals and related plans
  • copy of up to 3-5 five relevant papers, plus a final section titled “Personal contributions” detailing your specific contributions to each presented papers;
  • names of 2 referees.

Please send your application to applications@iit.it quoting “Post doc Robocom BC 74527“ in the e-mail subject.

Please apply by November 24, 2017.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, www.iit.it ) 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. IIT promotes excellence in basic and applied research through a multidisciplinary scientific program that includes humanoid technologies and robotics, neuroscience and cognition, nanotechnology and materials. IIT has a staff of more than 1200 people and 10 subsidiary research Centers throughout Italy.

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 file 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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