[robotics-worldwide] Post-Doc position at the IIT - Center for MicroBioRobotics at SSSA (Soft-Microrobotics)
barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
Wed Mar 16 02:45:37 PDT 2011
_Postdoctoral position in Soft Actuators, Sensors, and Robots (IIT -
Center for MicroBioRobotics at SSSA)_
The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with headquarters in Genova
(Italy), is a non- profit institution with the primary goal of to
promote excellence in basic and applied research and to contribute to
the economic development of Italy.
The Center for Micro-BioRobotics at SSSA of IIT (http://mbr.iit.it) aims at
developing innovative methodologies and robotic technologies, new
materials, and advanced components, both for the design and construction
of high performance bio-inspired machines and systems at the micro
scale, and for the development of devices for biomedical, environmental,
and rescue applications. The mission of the Center is to generate and
promote new scientific and technological knowledge in the
microbiorobotics field, which is fully deployed by inventions deriving
from an interdisciplinary approach to the tackled scientific problems.
The scientific activities are carried out within the MicroRobotics and
the Smart Materials ****Platforms.
Application is invited for the following position:
* 1 Junior or Senior (2 years experience after PhD or equivalent
experience) Post Doctoral Position
Advanced experimental and theoretical skills in biomechanics (whole-body
kinematics, force measurements) are advantageous as well as sound
experience in micromanufacturing technologies and microengineering.
Previous experiences about design of sensors, actuators and microrobots
are also beneficial.
The selected candidate will work on soft robots, with particular
emphasis on systems at the micro scale. The team aims at designing,
fabricating, and assessing the performance of autonomous soft
microrobots (including bioinspired and biomimetic solutions), as well as
of soft actuators (e.g. polymer actuators, artificial muscles, EAPs,
etc.) and sensors (e.g. flexible and stretchable tactile sensors,
etc..). He/she will work in a microengineering context in close
collaboration with engineers/physicians/biologists.
Prospective candidates should have a PhD's degree in one of the
* Mechanical engineering
* Material science
Candidates from other disciplines are also welcome if they demonstrate
skills in the above-mentioned areas.
The successful applicant has free spirit, strong capacity to generate
novel ideas at the borderline of science and technology, and wishes to
work in team and cooperate over various disciplines. Proficiency in
writing/spoken English is mandatory.
The position is available from May, 2011 for 12 months with a contract
renewable on the basis of performance. Salary and benefits are highly
competitive for international standards. The candidate will join a young
and enthusiastic team and will co-tutor several PhD students working in
the above mentioned research areas.
Application deadline is _April 10, 2011_
Application documents, to be sent electronically, are: Cover Letter, CV,
and two letters of reference.
In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the
Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the
candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT
to process his/her personal data. The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is
an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the
Contact details: Dr. Barbara Mazzolai (barbara.mazzolai at iit.it), Dr.
Lucia Beccai (lucia.beccai at iit.it)
Coordinator, Center for Micro-BioRobotics of IIT at SSSA
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025, Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy
Phone: +39 050 883444 Mobile: 3346541740
Fax: +39 050 883101
e-mail: barbara.mazzolai at iit.it
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