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Researcher position in flexible/soft robots for biomedical applications

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Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT–www.iit.it) is opening a researcher position in flexible/soft robots for biomedical applications at the Center for MicroBioRobotics in Pontedera (CMBR@SSSA).

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. The research areas cover scientific topics with a high innovative content, which represent the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application opportunities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

The Center for MicroBioRobotics of IIT (CMBR), is part of IIT-Network of centers in Italy. CMBR, directed by Dr. Barbara Mazzolai, aims at designing and developing new robotic solutions and advanced components drawing inspiration from nature. Starting from the study and observation of the anatomy, physiology, structures and behavioural features of biological models, technological innovation can be pursued and reached as a final result. Among many, some fields which benefit from this approach are sensing, actuation, materials and robotics. The principal biological models investigated at the Center are plants and soft-bodied animals. The research aim is twofold. The first set of goals is to select the biological system(s) responsible for producing desired characteristics relevant to robotics, to identify and extract the key principles underlying these biological functions and to translate them into technological solutions. The second goal is to increase the knowledge of the biological system that we use as models.

The selected candidate will work on the development of flexible robots and robotics platform for soft surgeon-robot interaction, possibly by also pursuing a bioinspired approach.

He/She will work in a bioengineering environment, mainly coordinating engineers yet interacting with medical doctors, biologists, physicists, chemists and material scientists for the development of innovative tools and strategies for direct application in the biomedical field. Particular attention will be also devoted to model-based approaches, where modelling skills are used to characterize the working environment of the aforementioned devices/strategies and contribute to their design.

Eligible candidates are researchers with specific expertise in the above-mentioned research lines, with a background in engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering/robotics/mathematics and at least a 5-yearspost-doc experience.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following fields:
  • Medical robotics
  • Bioinspired robotics
  • Theoretical modeling of physiological aspects and therapeutic strategies
Previous experience in an analogous position is beneficial; a sound interdisciplinary background is an essential requirement.

We are looking for outstanding candidates that have carried out particularly innovative researches in their fields, and we value free academic spirit, novel ideas at the edge of science and technology, leadership, teamwork and cooperation on various disciplines. Proficiency in writing/spoken English is mandatory.

Salary and benefits will be in line with international standards.

The candidate will join a young and enthusiastic team and will co-tutor several Ph.D. students and Post-Docs working in the above mentioned research areas.

The Laboratory also offers access to state-of-the-art utilities, ranging from micro-nanomachining and electron microscopy techniques to advanced biological facilities as well as software tools.

Applications deadline May 7, 2014.

Applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae, 5 representative publications and a 3-pages research statement should be submitted in PDF format at the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting ”Researcher flexible soft robots CMBR” in the subject line.

Candidate should also request 3 evaluation letters from international experts, who are requested to submit them directly in PDF format by May 7 to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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