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Technologist position on Functional Materials for Biorobotics

CB: 69841

IIT ( invites qualified senior applicants to submit their CVs for a Technologist position to manage the development and testing of functional materials for biorobotics and smart interfaces at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), located in Pontedera (PI).
Your profile: candidates have a wide experience, with at least 5 years of post-doctoral activity supported by an established track record of publications in the development of functional materials and material-based components (including sensors and actuators) in the field of biorobotics and smart interfaces.

A background in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Bioengineering or a related field is mandatory.

International experience, strong team-building and communication skills are required. Additional experience in electronics will be considered a plus.

The successful candidate will coordinate and supervise the experimental activities on the development of new functional materials, surfaces/interfaces and devices based on electro-active and/or nanocomposite polymers, taking care of the instrumentation, infrastructure and the technical staff of the smart material laboratories (CMBR).

Responsibilities of the technologist will also include:
  • Advising on and assisting in the selection, purchase, installation and commissioning of new equipment.
  • Identification of competitive and industrial grants.
  • Involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate tutoring.
  • Management of technology transfer issues.
Our offer: salary and benefits are in line with international standards.

Your application (deadline April 30, 2015): applications, including a detailed curriculum vitae, 5 representative publications and a 3-page research statement, are to be submitted by e-mail in PDF format to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting "Technologist Functional Materials" in the subject line.

Candidates should also request 3 evaluation letters from international experts, who should send them directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, 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 a large-scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide and 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 research activities will take place at CMBR.

CMBR is active in the field of bioinspired soft robotics and smart materials. 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 is 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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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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