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  • Post-Doctoral Position in Bio-Aware Robotics

    Opening for Post-Doctoral Positions in
    Haptics and Hands for Humanoid Robotics
    at the Italian Institute of Technology - Genoa, Italy

    The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, an English-language research institute, in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Research Center "E. Piaggio" of the University of Pisa, has Post-doc openings in the area of Haptics and Hands for Humanoid Robotics.

    The successful candidate will work toward understanding the role of the physical embodiment of the "hand" in its function as the cognitive organ of active touch, in its explorative and manipulative abilities, and on the application of theoretical results in the design of a new generation of hands to be integrated in a new humanoid robot under development at IIT. The work will be in the framework of the European Research Council Advanced Grant ERC-AG SOFTHANDS (A Theory of Soft Synergies for a New Generation of Artificial Hands), led by Antonio Bicchi.

    We are seeking highly motivated and talented candidates with a Ph.D. in Robotics or related fields, with a background in robotic manipulation and control. Research at the interface with cognitive science, human movement science, and bioengineering is foreseen to be instrumental for the project: the candidate need not be an expert in all fields, but should be willing to enlarge her/his scope as the project needs and opportunities will unfold. The successful candidate will cooperate towards the project goals in autonomy, also through supervision of Ph.D. students. A strong interest in undertaking innovative, ambitious, high-risk/high-payoff research enterprises is a must. The cosmopolitan research environment further requires mastering the English language in both speaking and writing. Gradually acquiring the basics of the Italian language will make the experience of living in Italy more enjoyable, though this is not a requirement.

    Pls. see full description and instruction on the IIT website at