[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc Openings in Mechatronics Systems , Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nikolaos Tsagarakis nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it
Sun Jun 9 01:49:07 PDT 2013

 Post-Doc Opening in Mechatronics Systems:SAPHARI EU PROJECT

Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab
Department of Advanced Robotics

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) an English-language research Institute, is seeking to appoint an international well motivated full-time junior/senior post- doc that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design for the currently under development intrinsically compliant and variable impedance robotic platforms.

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 innovative project aims to perform a fundamental advancement in robot development where 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.

We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding 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

*         Articulated legged systems with customised sensing and actuation

*         Robotic articulated arms, end effectors and hand design

*         Exoskeleton, assistive, or prosthesis robotic design

*         Haptic devices and tactile/force sensing technologies

Proficiency in hardware design 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. Experience in robot control is a big plus.

International applications are encouraged. The successful candidate will be offered a project collaboration contract (fixed term) for the duration of the project SAPHARI, which is due to end on October 31st 2015, with a highly competitive salary which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Expected start date could be from 1st September 2013 or as soon as possible.

Application Procedure:
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 two referees to Nikos Tsagarakis (nikos.tsagarakis at iit.it) quoting "SAPHARI PostDoc" in the email header.  For consideration, apply by 15.06.2013.

Kind Regards,

Nikos Tsagarakis

Senior Scientist
Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

Dept of Advanced Robotics (ADVR)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT-Genova)
Via Morego 30,Genova 16163, Italy

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