[robotics-worldwide] Openings in Robotic Dynamic Manipulation @ PRISMA Lab in Naples

Bruno Siciliano siciliano at unina.it
Mon Jun 10 02:43:22 PDT 2013

*Openings in Robotic Dynamic Manipulation
*PRISMA Lab – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e Tecnologie 
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Naples, Italy

The PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II is seeking to 
recruit junior/senior postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key 
research role in the area of robotic dynamic manipulation, specially 
focused on non-prehensile manipulation of rigid and non rigid, or 
deformable, objects.

The successful candidates will conduct their research at the PRISMA Lab 
on the new European Research Council Advanced Grant project on the theme 
of “RObotic DYnamic MAnipulation”. This is the only robotics proposal 
among the 302 selected in Physical Sciences and Engineering in the 2012 
call out of the total of 2304 proposals. The ERC AdGs are the most 
prestigious grants awarded at the European level.
The goal of RoDyMan project (www.rodyman.eu <http://www.rodyman.eu/>) is 
the derivation of a unified framework for non-prehensile manipulation, 
where the mobile nature of the robotic system and the manipulation of 
non rigid or deformable objects will be explicitly taken into account.

We are looking for highly-motivated young scientists with a background 
and PhD in robotic dynamic manipulation and a well-established 
publication record in the area of non-prehensile manipulation and in one 
or more of the following areas:
- Non-prehensile robotic manipulation
- Modelling of mechanical systems
- Robot control

- Impedance and force control
- Autonomous robots

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

Qualified potential applicants holding a PhD degree should provide the 
following material:
1) Cover letter briefly describing their background and career plans
2) CV
3) Link to their research web-site
4) A list of the top 5 publications in Aerial Robotics or related areas
5) Date of availability
6) Names and contact information of at least two references

All documents should be submitted via email as a single compressed/pdf 
file to Prof. Bruno Siciliano <siciliano at unina.it> 
<mailto:siciliano at unina.it>with the subject: POSTDOC CANDIDATE (DYNAMIC 
*About PRISMA Lab
*University of Naples Federico II is the third oldest university in 
Italy. The School of Engineering, with a population of 11,000 students, 
is the oldest in Europe and has recently celebrated its second 
centennial since the foundation by King Gioacchino Murat in 1811. The 
PRISMA team operates in the Department of Electrical Engineering and 
Information Technology, where since almost 30 years is conducting 
research in robotics. Current interests include force control, visual 
servoing, dual-arm/hand manipulation, human-robot interaction, service 
robotics, and aerial robotics. The team has gained world-wide 
recognition and is currently engaged in four projects and two 
forthcoming ones supported by the European Community. See 
www.prisma.unina.it <http://www.prisma.unina.it/>for further information.

*About Naples
*Naples (Italian: Napoli) is the third largest city in Italy, and is the 
capital of the Campania region. World-known for its rich history, art, 
culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples is a lively, 
exciting and bustling city situated on the southwest coast in a gorgeous 
gulf, and is surrounded by attractive tourist and archaeological sites 
such as Capri, Ischia, Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Ercolano, Mount Vesuvius. 
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naplesfor further information.

*Salary and Duration
*The position is full time and will be paid according to the current 
Italian scheme. Depending on the experience and seniority of the 
candidate, the salary will range between 1500 and 2500 Euro per month. 
The initial contract will be limited to one year with the possibility to 
extend up to three years. Positions will remain open until a suitable 
number of qualified candidates are selected.

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