[robotics-worldwide] Post Doctoral Positions in Italy

Antonio Bicchi bicchi at ing.unipi.it
Sat Feb 11 10:29:07 PST 2012

Opening for Post-Doctoral Positions in
*Haptics and Hands for Humanoid Robotics*
at the Italian Institute of Technology - Genoa, Italy

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di 
Tecnologia, an English-language research institute, in collaboration 
with the Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio" of the 
University of Pisa, has Post-doc openings in the area of Haptics and 
Hands for Humanoid Robotics.

The successful candidate will work on the advancement of the 
understanding of the "hand" as the cognitive organ of active touch, of 
the role of its physical embodiment in its explorative and manipulative 
abilities, and on the application of theoretical results in the design 
of a new generation of hands to be integrated in a new humanoid robot 
under development at IIT. The work will be in the framework of the 
European Research Council Advanced Grant ERC-AG SOFTHANDS (A Theory of 
Soft Synergies for a New Generation of Artificial Hands), led by Antonio 

We are seeking highly motivated and talented candidates with a Ph.D. in 
Robotics or related fields, with a background in robotic manipulation 
and control. Research at the interface with cognitive science, human 
movement science, and bioengineering is foreseen to be instrumental for 
the project: the candidate need not be an expert in all fields, but 
should be willing to enlarge her/his scope as the project needs and 
opportunities will unfold. The successful candidate will cooperate 
towards the project goals in autonomy, also through supervision of Ph.D. 
students. A strong interest in undertaking innovative, ambitious, 
high-risk/high-payoff research enterprises is a must. The cosmopolitan 
research environment further 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, 
though this is not a requirement.

Pls. see full description and instructions on the IIT website at

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