[robotics-worldwide] Post-Doc position in Novel Reconfigurable Robot End Effector

Ferdinando Cannella Ferdinando.Cannella at iit.it
Mon Jan 7 02:54:43 PST 2013


The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research institute, has a post-doc opening in the area of dexterous/reconfigurable end effector development.
The successful candidate will work on the design and development of a novel reconfigurable robot end effector within the EU project AUTORECON (Autonomous cooperative machines for highly RECONfigurable assembly operations of the future: http://www.autorecon.eu/) which is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
We are seeking a highly motivated and talented candidate who will work in the analysis, evaluation and design of dexterous gripper control for handling and manipulation of parts in varied industrial settings.  Moreover, this gripper will interface with an innovative mobile robot architecture that will lead to enhanced reconfigurability within an industrial plant/line/cell.
Desired qualifications:

·         PhD degree in Engineering (Control Systems, Mechatronics, Robotics, Electronics, or equivalent)

·         Experience in the following would be ideal:

§  Design and implementation of controls

§  Integration of embedded systems

§  Low level programming (Real-time, Hardware interfacing)

§  Working with middle-ware for communications (ROS, ICE, ZeroMP, CORBA, etc)

·         Experience in the following would be useful, but not essential:

§  Industrial Networks (Industrial Field bus, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, ProfiNet, etc)

§  Industrial Robotics (direct and indirect kinematics and dynamics, working shops, welding station, handling station, etc)

§  Service Robots (AGV, mobile robots, etc.)

·         Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

·         High quality publication record

·         Fluency in both spoken and written English
The successful candidate will be offered a fixed term contract for the duration of the project Autorecon, which is due to end on September 30th 2014, with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants may also qualify for reduced tax benefits.  Expected start date could be from 1st April 2013.
For further information contact Dr. Ferdinando Cannella (ferdinando.cannella at iit.it<mailto:ferdinando.cannella at iit.it>).
IIT is located in Genova, Italy, a seaside Mediterranean city set on the beautiful Italian Riviera, where the cost of living is much more affordable than many other European cities.  International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues.
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Application Procedure:
To apply, please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, copies of degree certificates, grade transcripts, contact information of at least two references, and other support materials such as reference letters to Dr Ferdinando Cannella (ferdinando.cannella at iit.it<mailto:ferdinando.cannella at iit.it>) quoting AUTORECON in the email header.
For consideration, please apply by: 15th January, 2013


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