Post-Doctoral Position in Design & Control
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Genova, Italia
18 gg fa

The Advanced Robotics (ADVR) Research Line of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-speaking research Institute, is seeking a highly motivated, one year (renewable) full-

time post-doc, who will have a leading research role in the design and control of an innovative collaborative gripper for industrial applications in the Advanced Industrial Automation Lab (AIAL).

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team and will have the opportunity to pursue research within a project developed by IIT and Luxottica, an industrial partner operating worldwide in the eyewear design and building.


In the past decades, industrial robotics has been the dominating sector in the robotic sales worldwide. However, there are indications that today's robotics market is about to undergo substantial changes.

The aim of the project is to create a new manipulator able to accomplish the inspection tasks.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in Robotics, Mechanics, Control or other fields related to design and control of robots, and with an excellent track record in the area of Robotics, Control and Mechatronics.

In this position, the candidate will have a key role in the team responsible for the design, development and control of the manipulator for inspection tasks.


The candidate should have proficiency in the design and control of robotics or mechatronic systems, and a strong portfolio of practical projects.

We are seeking for a candidate with strong research and development skills in the areas of mechatronics and / or control with excellent hands-

on competencies. A strong background on robot kinematics / dynamics, mechanism analysis and modelling will be highly appreciated.

The successful candidate should have a well-established publication record in one of the following areas :

  • Development and control of robotic devices
  • Integration of force and tactile sensors.
  • The successful candidate should also have the following skills :

  • PhD degree (already taken or expected to be taken soon) in one of the aforementioned areas
  • Ability to communicate technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner
  • Broad understanding of modern and innovative manufacturing techniques
  • Hands-on experience with analysis, design and testing of robotic systems
  • Experience in control and programming in C++ is welcome
  • Familiarity with data acquisition, control and communications with embedded systems is welcome
  • Experience in mechanical design with Solidworks, Creo etc., actuators and drives, hands-on system integration is welcome
  • Available to attend conferences, visit fieldworks, participate in meetings and other events.
  • IIT is an English language institute and international applicants are strongly encouraged.


    The successful candidate will exploit a solid Foundation of established technologies within the Advanced Robotics Research Line.

    This Foundation consists of extensive know-how on the design and control of mechatronics systems, key enabling technologies in haptic feedback, actuation, sensing, embedded control, etc.

    The successful candidate will be involved in organizing the research and development activities in the assigned tasks, accomplishing project deliverables and communications through reports and demonstrations.

    The successful candidate will be offered a highly competitive salary, which will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with European standards.

    Expected start date is May 1st, 2018 or soon after.

    To apply, please send a detailed CV (including list of publications), a letter outlining motivation, and names of 2 referees to ferdinando.

    cannella by June 30, 2018 stating in the subject of the e-mail : CB 75064LUXOTTICA. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

    IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-

    the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1500 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavor focuses on high-

    tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible applications from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.

    Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury, sports and performance eyewear. The company, which started its journey in the 1960’s, transformed eyeglass frames from a necessary medical device into a desirable fashion accessory and vehicle for self-

    expression. This revolution helped to create a growing consumer appetite and demand for premium branded frames around the world.

    We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

    Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-

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    7 of Legislative Decree 196 / 2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

    Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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