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

Antonio Bicchi bicchi at centropiaggio.unipi.it
Thu Aug 25 03:51:12 PDT 2011

*Open Ph.D. Positions in Robotics at UniPISA / IIT*

The  Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio" of the University of 
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 Variable Impedance 
Actuation for Robot Locomotion

Position/Theme 2: Analysis, Design and Control of Variable Impedance 
Actuation for Robot Manipulation

The Ph.D. students will be involved in the research groups of active 
European projects, including  HANDS.DVI/THE  
(http://www.thehandembodied.eu/),  and the to-be-launched SAPHARI 
Project. Their work will be mainly based at IIT's premises in Genova and 
at Centro Piaggio in Pisa, 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


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.

Formal applications MUST be submitted through the University of Pisa 
portal before 13.00 h., September 15, 2011, at

For adminstrative issues, please contact

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

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