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Post Doc in Plant-inspired soft robotics and technologies at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics

BC: 69838

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. IIT has a staff of more than 1200 people and 10 subsidiary research centers throughout Italy.

The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR), an IIT Network Center based in Pontedera, Pisa, is opening a Postdoctoral position in the areas of design, modeling and fabrication of “Soft robots inspired by plants and animals”. 

The major objective is to investigate robotics solutions merging soft materials with bioinspired approaches. The final aim is to achieve self-growing, smartly actuated robots with sensing capabilities taking 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).

We are looking for a scientist with experience in the following areas:

  • Robotics and, in particular, soft robotics and bioinspired robotics;
  • Hardware design, 3D modeling and technical drawings, process planning for manufacturing, assembly and development;
  • Soft and smart materials;
  • Traditional and advanced manufacturing solutions, additive manufacturing, micro fabrication.

Prospective candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Biorobotics, Mechanical Engineering, Microengineering or similar with strong emphasis on robotics and bioinspired robotics. 

The successful candidate is creative and motivated and has 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. Supervision of PhD and Master’s Degree students is also expected. 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 September 15, 2015 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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