[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc position at the IIT Advanced Robotics Department (Biomedical Micro-Robotics)‏

Leonardo De Mattos Leonardo.DeMattos at iit.it
Tue Mar 15 04:01:18 PDT 2011

The Italian Institute of Technology (an English language research institute) has an opening for:
Post-Doctoral Researcher: Biomedical Micro-Robotics

The Advanced Robotics Department at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow with experience/interest in topics related to teleoperation, automatic control, novel mechanisms design or vision systems focused on medical robotics, minimally invasive surgeries, or biomanipulations.

The successful applicant will join and help develop a multidisciplinary research team investigating novel robotic systems for microsurgeries and micro-biomanipulations. Microsurgery research is currently focused on overcoming significant problems in current surgical laser procedures, including aiming control, safety, system ergonomics and the requirement for extensive training of surgeons. Similarly, research on micro-biomanipulation is focused on improving the consistency and efficiency of delicate operations such as neuron and embryo microinjections; and on enabling new scientific methods like in-vivo neuron patch-clamping.

Research in this area involves strong collaboration with neuroscientists and medical doctors, as well as with a team of electrical, mechanical and software engineers. Therefore, the candidate is expected to possess very good interpersonal skills and experience working in multidisciplinary teams. In addition, the position also requires a person with good problem-solving skills and demonstrable technical expertise, backed-up by a high quality publication record.

The ideal candidates for this position should have an engineering background and strong interest in biomedical robotics.  Experience in mechanical design, hardware/software integration, user interfaces, augmented and mixed-reality systems, or control systems are strong bonuses. Furthermore, candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in engineering, computer science, or a related field. Hands-on experience with robotics/mechatronics is essential. Applicants demonstrating excellence in other related areas are also encouraged to apply. International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues.
Salary will depend on the candidate’s experience. Current range is from 30k-40k Euros per year excluding additional pension and health benefits.
Contracts are for 2 years with a possible renewal and future career options on successful completion.
For further information contact leonardo.demattos at iit.it<mailto:leonardo.demattos at iit.it> or darwin.caldwell at iit.it<mailto:darwin.caldwell at iit.it>

Applications, including cover letter, CV, and the contact information of at least two references should be emailed to floriana.sardi at iit.it<mailto:floriana.sardi at iit.it> (+39 010 71781 407).

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