The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), a Network Centre of IIT based in Pontedera, Pisa, is opening a Postdoctoral position in Bioinspired Soft Robotics Research Line in the context of the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under the action entitled “Towards a new generation of plant-inspired growing artefacts – GrowBot” (grant agreement No. 824074).
Taking inspiration from climbing plants, the major objective of the GrowBot project is to develop low-mass and low-volume robots capable of anchoring themselves, negotiating voids, and more generally climbing, where current climbing robots based on wheels, legs, or rails would get stuck or fall. Specifically, the ability to grow will be translated by additive manufacturing processes inside the robot, which creates its body by depositing new materials with multi-functional properties, on the basis of the perceived external stimuli.
We are looking for a scientist with experience in the following areas:
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or related fields and a proven track record of high quality publications.
The successful candidate should:
Proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.
The successful candidate will be offered a contract with a highly competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:
Please apply by December 20, 2018.
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