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Openings ■ Research Departments ■ Advanced Robotics ■ Post-Doc Opening in Humanoid Technologies: Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

Post-Doc Opening in Humanoid Technologies: Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab

CB: 71365

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an English-language research Institute, is looking for an international well motivated full-time postdoctoral research fellow that will have a key research role on the area of mechanical design and control of new humanoid platforms.

This position is funded by the European project WALK-MAN ( This innovative project, carried out in partnership with four leading universities and research institutes, aims to advance humanoid design and control to allow these robotics platform to operate in unstructured environment, thus demonstrating high tolerance and robustness under strong physical interactions with the surrounding space.  WALK-MAN is funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 –ICT  programme (GA n. 611832).

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team  and will work on the development and control of humanoid systems integrating novel actuation and sensing components and control technologies.

We are looking for highly motivated, outstanding scientists with a background and PhD in Robotics, Mechanical or Control Engineering and an excellent, well established publication record on mechanical design and/or control of humanoid robots. Previous work in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Design of compliant robots and actuation.
  • Design of articulated legged systems with customised sensing and actuation.
  • Design of Robotic articulated arms, end effectors and hand.
  • Whole body control, balance and push recovery stabilizers.

Proficiency in hardware design with a proven portfolio of practical designs, excellent hands-on practical skills and/or strong competences in humanoid robot control are essential.

The research will be conducted within the Humanoid & Human Centred Mechatronics Lab led by Dr Nikos Tsagarakis.  International applications are encouraged. 

Expected start date could be from 1st November 2015. For further information contact: Dr N.Tsagarakis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Interested applicants should submit in electronic form their CV outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans, and the names of at least two referees to Nikos Tsagarakis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), quoting HUMANOID in the email subject.

Please apply by September 1st, 2015.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

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-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data.

Please also note that, pursuant to art. 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.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 13:56


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