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7 Postdocs open positions

The IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics (Dr. Barbara Mazzolai, http://mbr.iit.it/about/barbara-mazzolai.html) invites applications for seven postdoctoral fellowships.
2 Postdocs in Bioinspired Soft Robotics
The candidates will work on an industrially funded research project: the project will be based on the design, fabrication and development of innovative soft robotic arms for operating in harsh environments. The winning candidates will be expected to design and develop prototypes of soft arms using different fabrication technologies and characterize materials and structures able to operate in extreme temperature and pressure conditions.
Applicants must have a PhD degree in one of the following areas: Biorobotics, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Biomechanics, or a related field.
1 Postdoc in Soft Robots inspired by plants and animals
The candidates will work to investigate robotics solutions merging soft materials with bioinspired approaches. The final aim is to achieve self-growing, smartly actuated robots with sensing capabilities drawing 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).
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biorobotics, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Biomechanics or a related field and a proven track record of high quality publications
1 Postdoc in Micro-Nano Functional Materials
The candidates will work to develop new nanostructured/nanocomposite materials for applications in the fields of smart/functional surfaces, 3D micro-devices and soft robotics.
We are looking for candidates with relevant expertise in materials science and micro-nano engineering, in particular with experience in materials chemistry applied to functional materials. The prospective candidate has a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Micro-Engineering or in related fields.
1 Postdoc in Chemistry for Functional Materials
The candidates will work to develop new functional and responsive materials, polymeric (nano)composites and coatings for applications in the fields of soft robotics, organic electronics and smart/functional surfaces.
We are looking for candidates with relevant expertise in chemistry, in particular, with experience in materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, and/or organic chemistry applied to functional materials. The prospective candidate has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or in related fields.
1 Postdoc in Ultra-Conformable Organics Electronics
The candidates will work to develop new ultrathin and ultra-conformable electronic circuits and components, for applications in the fields of biomedical engineering, smart/functional surfaces and soft robotics.
We are looking for candidates with relevant expertise in microelectronics, in particular, with experience in organic electronics and/or printed electronics. The prospective candidate has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, Materials Science, Solid State Physics, or in related fields.
1 Postdoc in soft self-powered sensing
The candidates will work to investigate new sensing solutions for discriminating multiple mechanical stimuli (e.g. pressure, strain, vibration, etc.) from which to harvest energy. The approach is to merge soft materials with function (sensing and energy), and to build innovative responsive soft robotic components and/or garments.
We are looking for candidates with a background and Ph.D. in Material Science, Engineering, Robotics, Physics or the like.
The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) is a Network Center of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), based in Pontedera, close to Pisa (Italy). CMBR of IIT possesses world class facilities and expertise for developing a new generation of robots made of polymer-based soft materials and inspired by living organisms, such as plants and animals. We work on system fabrication, actuation and sensing solutions using soft smart materials with the goal to create new robots able to exploit the intrinsic properties of their structures (materials, morphology, etc.) for performing tasks in unstructured environments.
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