[robotics-worldwide] Post-Doc position at the IIT - Center for MicroBioRobotics at SSSA (Soft-Microrobotics)

Barbara Mazzolai 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 
following disciplines:

    * Bioengineering
    * Mechanical engineering
    * Material science
    * Physics

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)


Barbara Mazzolai
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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