[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc Opening - Planning of dynamic robotic locomotion, IIT Genova (2nd call)

Jonas Buchli jonas.buchli at iit.it
Mon Dec 13 07:18:35 PST 2010

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*_Post-doc opening:
  Planning for dynamic all-terrain legged robotic locomotion

Department of Advanced Robotics

Italian Institute of Technology

The Department of Advanced Robotics ( 
http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.html ) at the Italian Institute 
of Technology IIT (an English language Institute) placed in Genoa, is 
seeking to appoint a well motivated full-time junior/senior  
postdoctoral research fellow that will  have a key research role in the 
area of planning and control of dynamic locomotion of an autonomous 
all-terrain legged robot.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team to work on 
the HyQ project at IIT. HyQ is a hydraulic fully torque controlled 
quadruped robot, built for dynamic and outdoor operation.


The candidate will have responsibility for leading research in planning 
and control of highly dynamic legged locomotion through challenging 
terrain settings. The goal is to achieve very fast, but fully controlled 
autonomous outdoor operation. We therefore are developing approaches for 
model based control and planning of such systems in non-structured 

More precisely this post will require research into motion planning with 
differential constraints in systems with many degrees of freedom and 
studying how these methods are integrated with the low level control and 
the high level ('path'-)planning and navigation algorithms.

Desired background:

- PhD in robotics/planning/control or related field
- strong, proven research background
- strong background in either motion-planning or control of
   articulated robots and a willingness to get into the other field
- excellent mathematical and systems-theoretical skills
- excellent communication and team skills
- excellent software skills (mainly C/C++, Matlab)
- experience in working with real robotic systems, field robot projects
   or similar
- ability to bring theoretical ideas into practical implementation
- experience in mapping/SLAM and related sensing hardware and software
   (cameras, range finders) not required but a plus

The position is open for immediate appointment. Salary will be 
commensurate with qualifications and experience. This post will offer 
possible future career options and advancement on successful completion. 
International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic 
support with visa issues, relocation, etc.

For further information contact: Dr. J. Buchli (jonas.buchli at iit.it)

Interested applicants should submit in electronic form (PDF preferred) 
their CV outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, 
a statement of research interests, and the names of at least two 
referees to Jonas Buchli (jonas.buchli at iit.it). For consideration, apply 
by *31.12.2010*.

Jonas Buchli, Dr., MSc EE

Team Leader
Dept. of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology
+39 010 71781 925

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