[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc Openings in Mechatronics Systems (AMARSI and SAPHARI EU PROJECTS) , Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Sun May 27 09:06:48 PDT 2012


 Postdoc Openings in Mechatronics Systems

Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab
Department of Advanced Robotics

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)


The Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab of the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) an English-language research Institute placed in Genoa, Italy, is seeking to appoint well motivated full-time junior/senior postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design for the currently under development intrinsically compliant and variable impedance actuated robotic platforms.  We are looking for a highly motivated young scientist with a background and PhD in Robotics or Mechanical Engineering and an excellent, well established publication record on the mechanical design in one or more of the following areas:

*         Compliant robots and variable impedance actuation

*         Leg systems with customised sensing and actuation

*         Articulated robotic arms, end effectors and hand design

*         Exoskeleton, assistive, or prosthesis robotic system design

*         Haptic devices and tactile/force sensing technologies

Proficiency in hardware design and mechanism analysis with a proven portfolio of practical designs, excellent hands-on practical skills and strong competences in robot kinematics/dynamics and physical system modelling are essential. Any experience in robot control or biomechanics is a plus.


Placement 1: (AMARSI EU PROJECT)

The selected applicant of this position will join an interdisciplinary research group and work in AMARSI (Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills) European project in collaboration with a consortium of leading universities and research institutes in Europe (www.amarsi-project.eu/<http://www.amarsi-project.eu/>). The focus of the research will be on the design optimization and development of novel compliant legged systems and mechanics for robust, fast, adaptable and damage-safe motions and interactions. The target is to improve the capabilities of the existing humanoid legs by exploring both the mechatronic technological limits (structural materials, actuation and sensing) and new design and control philosophies towards the development of high performance humanoid legs.


The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to pursue research within the SAPHARI (Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction) European project in partnership with a consortium which consists of ten leading universities, research institutes and companies in Europe (http://www.saphari.eu/). This highly innovative project, which has recently started, aims to perform a fundamental advancement in robot development in the sense that the human is considered the core of the entire design. The selected applicant will work on the development of robotic manipulator/arm systems integrating novel actuation and sensing components and technologies which will ensure safe and perceptive collaboration and/or physical interaction between humans and robotic systems.


The research will be conducted within the Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics. The post will offer possible future career options and advancement on successful completion.  International applications are encouraged. Expected starting date is negotiable, but as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be offered a contract with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants may also qualify for reduced tax benefits.

For further information contact: Dr Nikos Tsagarakis (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto: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 three referees to Nikos Tsagarakis (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>), quoting (SAPHARI or AMARSI) in the email subject.
For consideration, apply by 15.06.2012.


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.
We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

N.G.Tsagarakis, PhD

Senior Researcher
Head of Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

Dept of Advanced Robotics (ADVR)

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT-Genova)
Via Morego 30,Genova 16163, Italy

e-mail:  nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it<mailto:nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it>
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