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    Post-Doc Opening in Mechatronics for Assistive Technologies - [ Postdoc ]

    Added on: 23/05/2016 - Expires on: 30/06/2016

    The Biomedical Robotics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute in Genova (Italy), is looking for a highly motivated, full-time postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of mechatronics for assistive technologies.

    This position (within the project TEEP-SLA, funded by Fondazione Roma) is dedicated to research and development of solutions to enrich state-of-art brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) with motor/tactile feedback by means of wearable robotic systems, in order to ease the recognition of physiological patterns and to increase the user's engagement.

    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 (e.g. telepresence robots).

    We are looking for an outstanding scientist with a PhD in engineering, robotics, or other fields related to mechatronics. The successful candidate will mainly focus on the development of novel wearable devices (sensors and actuator systems) able to mediate and enhance the brain-computer interface.

    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 validate this new interaction paradigm and to assess the novel 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 mechatronics, preferably for wearable robotics and for biosignals-related applications.
    • Excellent publication record in mechatronics (hardware design and control).
    • Experience in real-time embedded programming.
    • Experience in robotic systems integration.
    • 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 2 reference letters to by June 30th, 2016 stating “TEEP-SLA Post-Doc” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.