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The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT-Network Center based in Pontedera (Italy), is opening a Postdoctoral position in the area of “Biomedical Robotics and modeling for biomedical applications”.
The major objective of this research area is to develop novel robotics solutions for biomedical applications. At the component level, we aim at investigating novel tools (e.g. flexible and controllable tools) featuring enhanced operation through tissue and anatomical cavities. To this purpose, we strongly adopt model-based design. At the system level, we aim at developing robotic platforms improving current medical approaches. At both levels, we also pursue the synergy between robot-assisted therapy and nanotechnology-related solutions. These research activities are performed in a fully equipped lab including a robotic manipulator (Kuka LWR IV+), haptic interfaces (Sigma7, Phantoms), optical and electromagnetic trackers (Polaris Spectra, Aurora), an ultrasound system (Philips iU22) as well as complementary h/w and s/w tools (for scientific computing, solid modeling and multi-physics simulations).
Based on targeted applications, research activities can leverage the excellent CMBR facilities, as well as collaborations. International applications are encouraged.
We are looking for a scientist with the following competences/skills:
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 Mechatronics, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Robotics or related fields.
He/she is expected to: publish scholarly papers; attend international conferences; proactively perform research in a multidisciplinary working environment (encompassing e.g. engineers, material scientists, medical doctors and biologists); be able to set-up, follow, monitor and oversee his/her personal research plans and directions; supervise PhD students.
Workplace: Pontedera (Italy). The IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics is housed within Polo Sant'Anna Valdera in Pontedera (which is the location of the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna).
The position is fully funded; term and salary will be commensurate with qualifications, seniority and experience. Initial appointments could be for 2 years with the possibility of a contract extension upon positive evaluation.
Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Post Doc in Biomedical Robotics and Modeling for Biomedical Applications BC: 71744” in the e-mail subject.
Please apply by August 31, 2017.
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