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Technologist position on Electronics and Sensor Technology for Biorobotics


The Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT ( is opening a Technologist position to manage the development and testing of bioinspired robots and smart material-based devices in the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR@SSSA), located in Pontedera, very close to Pisa.

IIT, with 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 was established in 2003 and successfully created the large scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state of the art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1200 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.

The CMBR@SSSA, headed by director Barbara Mazzolai, is active in the field of bioinspired soft robotics and smart materials. Bioinspiration and soft properties increase the robot capabilities to move in unstructured environments and to safely interact with humans and with other living systems. The interdisciplinary character of the investigation requires the integration of skills and competences in different fields (e.g. robotics, biology, chemistry, engineering, material science, etc.). One major focus at the CMBR is therefore to investigate new enabling materials and technologies to be used as smart tools for developing robotic solutions. The related research includes soft actuation and sensing, organic electronics, and nanotechnology-based active materials.

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The successful candidate will have the responsibility to establish and manage a development facility for electronic systems and devices, comprising software for circuits design, environment for the firmware/software development, board assembling equipment, soldering stations and instrumentation for characterization. Moreover he/she will have the responsibility to manage the development of new experimental setups (hardware, firmware, user interface) for characterization of new materials and of new devices.

We are looking for a scientist/engineer with publications and expertise in areas such as:
  • Electronic devices, embedded control and microcontroller systems
  • Hardware design
  • Firmware development
  • Sensor development and data acquisition systems.
The successful candidate should have a background on Electronic Engineering, and proven experience on electronic hardware and firmware development, as well as on micro fabrication expertise pertinent to the Biorobotics research topics.

Workplace: Pontedera (Pisa).

Applications deadline April 20, 2014.

Applications, including:
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • 5 representative publications
  • 3 pages of research statement 
should be submitted in PDF format to the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting "Technologist position on Electronics and Sensor Technology for Biorobotics - Pontedera" in the subject.

Candidates should also request 3 evaluation letters from international experts.

These letters should be submitted in PDF format by April 20 to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly from the international experts.

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.  
We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.
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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.
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