Post Doc in Versatile Soft Gripping

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Genova, Italy

Job posting number: #7076652

Posted: April 1, 2021

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

Job Description

A Postdoctoral position is available in the Soft BioRobotics Perception (SBRP) Research Line of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy. The post is based on a research project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, entitled “PROBOSCIdean Sensitive soft robot for versatile gripping” – PROBOSCIS (FET OPEN - grant agreement No. 863212, coordinated by Dr. Lucia Beccai (SBRP PI).

We are looking for a brilliant postdoctoral researcher with an excellent background in the areas of robotic grasping and biorobotics. The specific objective of this post will be to design and develop a novel soft gripper for versatile manipulation, inspired from the elephant trunk.

Priority will be given to bright scientists with knowledge and strong motivation to perform research in:
- Design and fabrication of soft robotic grippers

Strong skills are required in:
- Mechanical design and fabrication of soft/hybrid actuated systems
- Numerical modeling and simulation (MATLAB) of deformable systems
- Computer-aided design, enabling device prototyping/fabrication
- Manufacturing of soft robots
- English language (written and spoken)

The prospective candidate holds a Ph.D. in robotics, biorobotics, mechatronics, mechanical engineering or equivalent, MSc in mechanical engineering, robotics, mechatronics or equivalent and a proven track record of high quality publications.

The successful candidate will join our SBRP lab where we aim to create new soft and embodied sensing processes and to investigate natural-like physical interactions by developing totally new robotic solutions that can ‘see the world’ and intelligently interact with it. Our working environment is strongly interdisciplinary, dynamic and collaborative with outstanding research facilities. Within the PROBOSCIS project the candidate will have the unique opportunity of collaborating with world-wide known scientists and professionals in the field of soft robotics, elephant biology, smart materials and 3D fabrication technologies. She/he will be offered a contract with a highly competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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