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    Post-Doc Opening in Interactive Systems Integration for Assistive Technologies - [ Postdoc ]

    Expires on: 06/05/2016


    The Biomedical Robotics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute, is looking for a highly motivated, full-time postdoctoral researcher to work in the areas of interactive systems integration for assistive technologies.
    This position (within the project TEEP-SLA, funded by Fondazione Roma) is dedicated to research and development of solutions for integrating brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) with interactive systems (multisensory user interfaces, embedded devices) to provide feedback that eases the collection and interpretation of user’s data and commands.
    This is a new project that aims to create novel assistive technologies for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) patients. We are especially looking at satisfying the patients’ social interaction and communication needs with innovative patient interfaces and associated robotic technologies.
    We are looking for an outstanding scientist with a PhD in engineering, robotics, or other fields related to user interfaces and embedded programming. The successful candidate will mainly focus on the development and integration of BCIs with novel wearable sensors and feedback devices able to provide motor/tactile feedback.
    The scientist will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, interaction researchers and healthcare professionals. Field studies (involving patients, their relatives, and healthcare professionals) will be an integral part of the work, serving both to refine system specifications and to assess new technologies. This research will advance the state of the art in BCI control, enabling greatly enhanced patient experience during the use of assistive communication and social interaction systems.
    The position includes theoretical and hands-on research, supervision of PhD students, and support to general lab activities.
    Desired qualifications:
    • PhD degree in engineering, robotics, or related fields.
    • Experience in user interface development and embedded programming, preferably for biosignals-related applications.
    • Excellent publication record in interactive systems and real-time embedded systems.
    • Experience with physical tactile/motor user interfaces.
    • Experience with interfacing computer systems and technological (e.g. robotic) devices.
    • Strong interest in assistive technologies and in-field studies.
    • Creativity and proactive attitude.
    • Strong communication and English language skills (written and oral)
    • Independent and persistent personality, strong team player

    The salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will include additional health benefits.
    To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV with list of publications, University transcripts, your best first-author paper, a cover letter outlining motivation and statement of research interests/plan and contact information of at least two references to by May 6th, 2016 stating “TEEP-SLA Post-Doc” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

    Please contact Dr. Leonardo Mattos ( or Dr. Giacinto Barresi (

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