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PostDoc in bioinspired soft tactile sensing at Center for Micro-BioRobotics

BC: 70614

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. The institute has a staff of more than 1200 people and 10 subsidiary research Centers throughout Italy (IIT-Network).

The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT-Network Center based in Pontedera, Pisa, , is opening one Postdoctoral position in the areas of design, modeling and fabrication of bioinspired soft tactile sensing.

The major objective is to investigate new sensing solutions based on the strategies and functionalities of plant roots through soft robotics approaches. The approach will be to use bioinspiration as a design guideline and to investigate novel strategies and layouts integrating soft/smart materials with flexible electronics approaches.

We are looking for a scientist/engineer with experience in the following areas:
  • Study and development of bioinspired tactile sensors;
  • Design, modeling (mixed electro-mechanical) and characterization of artificial tactile systems based principally on micro/nanostructured devices and soft materials;
  • Micro/nanodevices modeling, fabrication and characterization (including practical competences on FIB, SEM, AFM, optical and high-resolution lithography, thin film deposition, wet chemical etching).
Prospective candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or related disciplines with a strong background in micro/nanoelectronic technologies and devices. Experience in PhD and Master’s Degree student supervision is an asset.

The successful candidate is creative and motivated, owning excellent analytical and organizational skills. He/she will be expected to: publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences; proactively perform research in a team of senior researchers, post-docs and PhD students; cooperate in various disciplines (e.g. engineering, biology, and material science); be able to set-up, follow, monitor and be responsible for his/her own personal research plans and directions. Proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, seniority and experience.

Interested applicants should email their CV with publications and names of at least two referees, plus a brief (about 2 pages) statement regarding their educational background, research experience, and future objectives within December 31, 2014 to:

Dr. Barbara Mazzolai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. Lucia Beccai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mrs. Emma Cappelleri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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