Postdoc positions in Soft Robotics for Growing Robots at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) - [ Postdoc ]

Added on: 16/05/2019 - Expires on 30/09/2019

Two Postdoctoral researcher positions are available at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia within the Center for Micro-BioRobotics in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy, within the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Research Line.

We are looking for motivated candidates with a background in mechanical engineering, material engineering, manufacturing, robotics, mechatronics, or a related area (or equivalent experience). Strong knowledge of experimental implementation of soft-matter devices is an advantage. The successful candidate will join the Bioinspired Soft Robotics (BSR; ( Research Line at IIT, which offers a uniquely collaborative scientific research environment and outstanding research facilities.

The job task will include design and fabrication of bioinspired soft robots and growing robots. The position includes theoretical and hands-on research, collaborations with Post Docs, PhDs and MSc students, preparation of scientific publications and contribution to new grant proposals. The candidate must be capable to collaborate with a large, international and multidisciplinary team. Highly competitive salary will be offered to successful candidates.

  • Requirements: Strong experience and knowledge of advanced design tools (Siemens NX, SolidWorks or equivalent).
  • Strong experience in the development of advanced robotic systems.
  • Experience and knowledge in the following fields:
    • Fabrication techniques and additive manufacturing.
    • Soft robotic technologies.
  • English language skills (written and spoken)

Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:

  • a complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills (list above);
  • copy of up to 5 relevant papers, plus a final section titled “Personal contributions” detailing your specific contributions to each presented papers;
  • name and contacts of 2 referees.

For application, please send your CV to:

Dr. Barbara Mazzolai (

quoting “Post Doc in  Soft Robotics for Growing Robots CB 76756 – 76784” in the subject line.

Please apply by 30/09/2019.

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