[robotics-worldwide] Ph. D. Openings at University of Pisa / Italian Institute of Technology

Antonio Bicchi antonio.bicchi.3 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 06:07:20 PDT 2010


*Open Research Positions in Robotics at UniPISA / IIT*

The University of Pisa and the Department of Advanced Robotics of 
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova are jointly opening two 
positions for international Ph.D. students.

*Position/Theme 1: Analysis, Design and Control of Robots with Variable 
Compliance*

*Position/Theme 2: Design and Control of Sensorized Robot Hands for 
Manipulation and Haptic Exploration*

The Ph.D. students will be involved in the research groups of two very 
active European projects, where Pisa and IIT closely collaborate: VIACTORS
(http://www.viactors.eu/) and HANDS.DVI / THE  
(http://www.thehandembodied.eu/), respectively. Their work will be 
mainly based at IIT's premises in Genova, under the direct supervision 
of senior research personnel of both institutions.

Candidates are sought who possess a Master's degree in Engineering or 
Computer Science, with a strong background in Robotics Manipulation, and 
an interest in undertaking innovative, ambitious, high-risk/high-payoff 
research enterprises. The cosmopolitan research environment requires 
mastering the English language in both speaking and writing. Gradually 
acquiring the basics of the Italian language will make the experience of 
living in Italy more enjoyable, but is not required.

For more informations on the scientific environment and to discuss the 
research program (which will have to be tailored to the successful 
candidate's own experience and interests)  please contact

  Antonio Bicchi (bicchi at centropiaggio.unipi.it)
  Director, Centro "E. Piaggio" University of Pisa
  Senior Researcher, Advanced Robotics Dept., IIT

and

Darwin Caldwell (darwin.caldwell at iit.it)
Director, Advanced Robotics Dept., IIT

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic 
support with visa issues. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing 
basis until the positions are filled. Please email your application, 
including cover letter, CV, scanned transcripts, diplomas, publications, 
theses, other supporting material, and the contact information for at 
least two references as a single PDF file with "Application Ph.D. 
Position" in the subject line.
For adminstrative issues, please contact

Laura Maley  (laura.maley at centropiaggio.unipi.it)
or
Floriana Sardi  (floriana.sardi at iit.it)*

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