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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Design of a Soft Bodied Robot "Octopus"

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Emanuele Guglielmino <[log in to unmask]>

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Engineers and biologists mechanical design list <[log in to unmask]>

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Design of a Soft Bodied Robot "Octopus"


The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology 
(IIT) is seeking to appoint a full-time postdoctoral research fellow with 
experience of actuation systems, novel mechanical/robot design, or fluid 
power systems to work on the EU funded project "Octopus" 
(http://www.octopusproject.eu/). The project focuses on novel design 
principles and technologies for a new generation of high dexterity soft-bodied 
robots inspired by the morphology and behaviour of the Octopus.

The successful applicant will join and help to develop a team studying novel 
approaches in robot design that encompasses humanoid platforms such as the 
iCub, dextrous manipulators, and biomimetically inspired robots.

Within an international environment, the candidate will work on the 
development and control of the actuation modules for the mechatronic robotic 
octopus arm. The research will explore both novel and revisited conventional 
actuation technology and mechatronic designs such as fluidic actuation 
(magnetorheological fluids, hydraulics and pneumatics), braided pneumatic 
Muscle Actuators, Shape Memory Alloys, compliant actuation.  

The successful candidate should have a degree and a PhD in Mechanical or 
Mechatronic Engineering or closely related area expertise in some of the 
following areas:

- Experience in fluid power actuation, particularly for micro fluidic applications, 
in magnetorheological technology and magnetic circuit design. Experience in 
compliant actuation and/or any other conventional or unconventional 
actuation technology would be an asset, including good knowledge of state-of-
the-art mechanical and hydraulic components. 
- Experience in robot or mechanism design. Experience in analysis and control 
of hyper redundant or continuum robot arms would be advantageous. 
- Lateral thinking attitude and capability to explore unconventional design 
solutions as well as good practical lab and organisational skills. 
- A good knowledge of English. 

The salary will depend on qualifications and experience, will be in the range 
30k-40k per year with additional pension, health, etc benefits.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract of up to 4 years with 
possible future career options and advancement on successful completion.

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with 
visa issues, relocation, etc.

To apply please send by June 15th a covering letter outlining experience and 
qualifications for the post and CV to Sara Pittaluga: [log in to unmask] This 
e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled 
to view it , stating "OCTOPUS" in the object of the e-mail.

The job vacancy can be found at the following URL:
http://www.iit.it/en/resources/jobs/post-doc-research-adv-robotics.html

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