The Advanced Robotics Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research Institute, is seeking a highly motivated, full-time post-doc, who will have a leading research role in the development of Locomotion Strategies for a Quadrupedal Field Robot.
The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within the project “Sistemi Cibernetici Collaborativi – Teleoperation” in collaboration with INAIL (“Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro” - National Institute for Insurance against Workplace Injuries) CUP J32F17000950005.
The project will create the next-generation, collaborative master-slave teleoperation system for intuitive operation in hazard-prone industries, with the aim of reducing risks to workers’ health and safety.
Specifically, the objectives of the project are the development and system integration of: (1) a hydraulic quadruped field robot; (2) a novel dexterous robotic manipulator arm for grasping and manipulation of objects; (3) a novel master hand exoskeleton device for haptic tele-manipulation; and (4) a novel user interaction interfaces for intuitive teleoperation using augmented reality and virtual reality systems. The project will be developed within an inter-disciplinary group (robotics, engineering, and ergonomics), in close collaboration with end-users.
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with a PhD in Legged Robots or other fields related to the control and planning of articulated robots, and with an excellent track record in the area of robotics.
The vision is to enable the quadruped field robot to navigate on challenging terrains (outside the laboratory) without losing its balance. The candidate will join IIT’s Dynamic Legged Systems Lab (www.iit.it/hyq) with the purpose of developing and extending existing locomotion algorithms to adapt the project’s hydraulic quadruped robot to the given end-user scenarios. A special focus will be given to maximizing reliability and how to cope with unexpected situations of any kind in a proper way. The selected applicant is expected to produce high quality C++ code to be integrated in a medium/large software framework.
International applications are strongly encouraged.
The successful candidates will be offered up to 36 months contract, in line with the duration of the project. The salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Expected start date is January 2018 or soon after.
To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV (including list of publications), a letter outlining motivation and names of 2 referees to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th , 2017 stating “IT-402 – Post-Doc ADVR INAIL [CB 74170]” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.
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