Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy's technological competitiveness. IIT promotes excellence in basic and applied research through a multidisciplinary scientific program that includes humanoid technologies and robotics, neuroscience and cognition, nanotechnology and materials. IIT has a staff of more than 1200 people and 10 subsidiary research centers throughout Italy.
The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT Network Center based in Pontedera, Pisa, is opening a Postdoctoral position in the areas of design, modeling and fabrication of “Soft robots inspired by plants and animals”.
The major objective is to investigate robotics solutions merging soft materials with bioinspired approaches. The final aim is to achieve self-growing, smartly actuated robots with sensing capabilities taking inspiration from plants and animals that are used as a design guideline in terms of material, structure and function (a widely addressed topic at the Center).