[robotics-worldwide] Post-Doc at Italian Institute of Technology: Design of a Soft Bodied Robot “Octopus”

Guglielmino Emanuele emanuele.guglielmino at iit.it
Mon May 25 03:04:40 PDT 2009


Italian Institute of Technology (An English Language Research Institute)

Department of Advanced Robotics


Post-Doctoral Researcher: Design of a Soft Bodied Robot “Octopus”


The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is seeking to appoint a full-time postdoctoral research fellow with experience of actuation systems, novel mechanical/robot design, or fluid power systems to work on the EU funded project “Octopus”. The project focuses on novel design principles and technologies for a new generation of high dexterity soft-bodied robots inspired by the morphology and behaviour of the octopus (http://www.octopusproject.eu/ <http://www.octopusproject.eu/> ).

The successful applicant will join and help to develop a team studying novel approaches in robot design that encompasses humanoid platforms such as the iCub, dextrous manipulators, and biomimetically inspired robots. 

Within an international environment, the candidate will work on the development and control of the actuation modules for the mechatronic robotic octopus arm. The research will explore both novel and revisited conventional actuation technology and mechatronic designs such as fluidic actuation (magnetorheological fluids, hydraulics and pneumatics), braided pneumatic Muscle Actuators, Shape Memory Alloys, compliant actuation.  


The successful candidate should have a degree and a PhD in Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering or closely related area expertise in some of the following areas:

·         Experience in fluid power actuation, particularly for micro fluidic applications, in magnetorheological technology and magnetic circuit design. Experience in compliant actuation and/or any other conventional or unconventional actuation technology would be an asset, including good knowledge of state-of-the-art mechanical and hydraulic components.

·         Experience in robot or mechanism design. Experience in analysis and control of hyper redundant or continuum robot arms would be advantageous. 

·         Lateral thinking attitude and capability to explore unconventional design solutions as well as good practical lab and organisational skills. 

·         A good knowledge of English.


The salary will depend on qualifications and experience, will be in the range €30k-40k per year with additional pension, health, etc benefits.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract of up to 4 years with possible future career options and advancement on successful completion.

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues, relocation, etc.

To apply please send by June 15th a covering letter outlining experience and qualifications for the post and CV to Sara Pittaluga: sara.pittaluga at iit.it <mailto:sara.pittaluga at iit.it>  , stating “OCTOPUS” in the object of the e-mail.



Emanuele Guglielmino PhD

Team leader


Department of Advanced Robotics

Actuation Group


Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

(Italian Institute of Technology)

Via Morego, 30 - 16163 Genoa, Italy

Phone:  +39 010 71781 511

Fax: +39 010 720321

E-mail: emanuele.guglielmino at iit.it <mailto:emanuele.guglielmino at iit.it> 

Web: http://www.iit.it



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