[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (1)
paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Jun 29 10:06:33 PDT 2015
MSCA-IF Expression of Interest: Rehabilitation techniques using robots and augmented reality
Description of the Institution
The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona is looking for a highly motivated
candidate to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in the Altair Robotics
Laboratory. The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) was funded in
2001 and is located in the south of Verona. Its main research labs and offices are located in the
area of the Medical-Scientific Centre of the university. The department has several research and
teaching activities that represent a continuous of competences from mathematics, through computer
science and computer engineering, up to physics. Active research areas are: discrete and application
mathematics, theory of computation, machine intelligence, information systems, software engineering
and security, applied computing, cyber-physical systems, applied and experimental condensed matter
physics. Finally, the leadership of the department in applied research and the impact on the
surrounding area are confirmed by research funding via European, national and regional programs and
by the seven spin-offs created in the last years.
The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the
courses Automatic Controls and Robotics within the Department of Computer Science of the University
of Verona. The main fields of exploration in the research group range from surgical and medical
robotics, smart robotic instruments, images analysis, virtual and augmented reality to mobile
robotics and UAVs.
Description of the Position
The robotic group of the Department of Computer Science looks for an experienced researcher
(Post-Doc) with competences in robotics, control systems, software development and bioinformatics,
to develop and extend projects in the field of rehabilitation robotics. The robotics group aims at
reinforcing their knowledge in this field, by this opportunity. The Post-Doc will find an
environment of researchers at all levels with whom he/she can collaborate to implement the project.
Since rehabilitation robotics covers quite a wide range of different sectors, the candidate(s) can
present a statement of research in any of the following branches.
Rehabilitation aids can be used post-trauma or post-surgery to train and support recovery, promote
healing and enable faster recovery while protecting and assessing the user.
Functional replacement aids are designed to improve mobility and motor skills and may be worn as a
prosthesis or as an exo-skeletal device.
Neurorehabilitation or Cognitive rehabilitation is the branch of rehabilitation dedicated to patient
recover after losing some neurological abilities or to help (re-)education of mentally disabled
people. In this field also virtual and augmented reality, such as video-games, is used to improve
the rehabilitation results.
Smart prosthesis able to adapt to the user’s gait and the environment take advantage of Robotics,
which has the potential to combine improved cognitive awareness and increased dexterity and control
particularly in upper limb and hand prosthesis and in controlling foot placement.
Mobility support systems (e.g. exoskeletons) help patients with reduced physical functions, either
permanent or temporary, who benefit from increased mobility. In the future it is possible that such
systems may be capable of compensating for cognitive impairment preventing falls and accidents.
The selected candidate will be invited to submit a MSCA IF proposal together with Prof. Fiorini,
supervisor of the proposal. The involvement of the selected candidate in the proposal writing
process will provide ample opportunity to tailor the proposal to his / her research interests. A
successful application will result in a one-year, or a two-year appointment.
Number of positions: 1
Research Field: Robotics, Automation and Computer Science Engineering
Career Stage: Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles: Recognised Researcher (R2)
The salary is paid monthly, the Post Doc will have a desk on a four-people office and he/she will
access to the university facilities. The university also gives support for mobility period,
assistance for application procedure to obtain entry visa, information about social security
protection and rules, procedure to have health insurance in our country, support to find an
accommodation in Verona and information on how to access to the university nursery for researchers
An expression of interest shall be sent to Prof. Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini at univr.it) AND Dr.
Marta Capiluppi (marta.capiluppi at univr.it) before 15th of July 2015. Your file should contain the
• A short CV. Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Candidates
should have an excellent track record of research; they should demonstrate the ability to grow into
scientific/technological leadership roles.
• A statement of research.
• A letter of presentation.
• Contacts of two supervisors/mentors to whom it is possible to ask references.
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