[robotics-worldwide] Openings in Humanoids Technologies: Department of Advanced Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Mon May 30 02:45:15 PDT 2011

 Openings in Humanoids Technologies
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology

The Department of Advanced Robotics (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.htm) at the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute) placed in Genoa, is seeking to appoint international well motivated full-time junior/senior postdoctoral research fellows that will  have a key research role on the areas of Humanoid Mechanical Design and Bipedal Locomotion for the currently under development intrinsically compliant humanoid platforms. We are looking for highly motivated young scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics, Mechanical or Control Engineering and a well established publication record in two or more of the following areas:

Locomotion and trajectory generation for humanoids
Motion planning for humanoids
Balance stabilizers and push recovery strategies
Impedance control
Mechanical design of Humanoids or multi-body robots and mechanisms

Strong competencies in C/C++ programming and MATLAB are essential

The successful candidate will be offered an up to four years (depending on qualifications and experience) contract, renewable, and join an interdisciplinary team to work on one or more of the following areas:

Humanoid mechanics
Compliant actuation design and/or control
Online stabilization of zero moment point (ZMP) trajectory
Body balance stabilization of inherent compliant humanoids
Energy efficient locomotion by exploiting compliant actuation
Foot compliance adaptation for absorbing landing impacts and terrain irregularities
Leg and arm posture planning during falling

The positions are open for immediate starting. The successful candidates will be offered a contract of two years with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posts will offer possible future career options and advancement on successful completion.  International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support for visa issues.
For further information contact: Dr N.Tsagarakis (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it)

Interested applicants should submit in electronic form their CV outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans, and the names of at least four referees to Nikos Tsagarakis (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it).

For consideration, apply by 15.06.2011.

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