[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Open Call for Expression of Interest – Assistant Professorship in BioRobotics

Christian Cipriani christian.cipriani at santannapisa.it
Mon Jul 1 04:23:44 PDT 2019

Open Call for Expression of Interest – Assistant Professorship in 

The BioRobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa Italy

A new position of Assistant Professor (three years appointment possibly 
renewable for two additional years) (Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato ai 
sensi dell’art. 24, c.3 lett. A, L240/2010) in the area at the interface 
between Artificial Intelligence, Material Science and Engineering, 
Robotics and Biomedical Engineering is going to be opened at The 
BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, within a Strategic 
Initiative aimed at building a world-class “Department in Robotics and 
Artificial Intelligence”, with 15M€ investments from the Ministry of 
Education and Research. The position will be covered by means of a 
public competitive examination according to the Italian law. Before the 
formal opening of the position, The BioRobotics Institute is calling for 
expression of interest from potential candidates interested in applying 
to it.

In an attempt to strengthening its international position in the field 
of robotics science and engineering, and to enhance the areas of 
expertise already developed in the faculty, The BioRobotics Institute is 
looking for researchers at the early stage of their career, interested 
in addressing multidisciplinary research that includes the design, 
development and assessment of robots at large, and of bioinspired and 
biomedical systems.

The challenge of the strategic initiative is to build next generation 
robots, with new bodies and new brains. Thus the call is open to a wide 
range of young experts in either Artificial Intelligence or Material 
Science and Engineering.

Artificial Intelligence. We are looking for an expert in natural and/or 
artificial intelligence interested in studying the learning process in 
robots and in humans, in the framework of intelligent robotics, 
human-robot integration and symbiosis for different applications going 
from neuroscience and neuroprosthetics to rehabilitation and surgical 
robotics, to autonomous robots. The scientific questions related to the 
learning process are fundamental for the progress of robotics, bionics 
and biomedical engineering. We are interested in studying the 
development of learning, of cognitive abilities and skills and to 
implement models in robots and in human-robot interfaces.

Material Science and Engineering. We are looking for an expert in the 
field interested in developing and testing new materials for robots with 
embedded smart behaviours like sensing, actuation, self-healing, 
self-powering, biocompatibility, biodegradability properties and so on. 
Experts in additive manufacturing techniques, in the synthesis of 
biological tissues, in stiffness changing materials or in mechatronics 
systems are also very welcome.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in an appropriate science or 
engineering field. The successful applicant will be required to teach; 
advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; develop an 
independent, externally funded research program; participate in all 
aspects of the Institute activities; and serve the profession. Strong 
written and verbal communication skills are required. Preference will be 
given to candidates with recent and relevant hands-on experience with 
applied research and technology development in robotics and 
bioengineering, and a promising track for academic leadership. 
Applicants should consult the Institute website 
(www.biorobotics.santannapisa.it) to review our academic and research 
programs. The successful applicant will join forces with a team of 
faculty members already enrolled by the Institute and to be recruited 
within the strategic initiative:

Application procedure
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a 
teaching statement, and copies of no more than three publications. They 
should also include the names of four individuals to submit letters of 
recommendation on their behalf. This information must be submitted by 
email to artificialintelligence at santannapisa.it by July 26, 2019 when 
review of applications will begin. Please do not use that email for 
inquiries as it will not be checked.

After the closure of the present call for expression of interest, the 
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna will open the official call for the post, as 
required by the Italian regulation for academic employment. It is 
expected to fill the position by Fall/Winter 2019.

Scuola Sant’Anna is an equal-opportunity/affirmative action employer. 
Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Christian Cipriani, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering
IEEE Senior Member

Director, The BioRobotics Institute | Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
V.le R. Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera - Italy


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