Post-doc position [in our research group] on “Wearable Haptics and Grasping Devices Enhancing Robotic Synergy-Based Prosthesis” at the Dept. of Advanced Robotics of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy

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Post-doc position on “Wearable Haptics and Grasping Devices Enhancing Robotic Synergy-Based Prosthesis” at the Dept. of Advanced Robotics of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy

** The deadline for applications is February 28th, 2017.
** This is the link of the job post
** Description
The Advanced Robotics Research Line at IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy) is looking for an outstanding, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of mechatronics development of *wearable haptics and grasping devices enhancing robotic synergy-based prosthesis*.
The position is offered within “SoftPro – Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics, Rehabilitation and Orthotics” project carried out in partnership with other universities, research institutes and companies in Europe. The SoftPro project is funded by the European Union’s H2020 Programme with Grant Agreement 688857. The project aims to study and design soft synergy-based robotics technologies to develop new prostheses, exoskeletons, and assistive devices for upper limb rehabilitation, which will greatly enhance the efficacy and accessibility for a greater number of users.
Although much has been done to develop advanced technology to tackle the real problems of individuals with sensorimotor impairments, the current situation is still far from satisfactory. Recent research in rehabilitative robotics has enriched the functionalities of rehabilitation, assistive and prosthetic devices. However, the impact on people with real needs in the real world is still very limited. By developing effective and accessible technology, SoftPro is expected to achieve three kinds of impact.
The post-doc will research into innovative methods/frameworks to develop and study wearable mechatronic solutions to enhance the performance of soft prosthesis prototypes. Such technological and theoretical results will address new studies and experiments for the improvement of the usability of low-cost and easy-to-access rehabilitative devices.
** Desired qualifications include:
– PhD degree in computer science, electrical or mechanical engineering.
– Experience in control system design.
– Experience in Mechatronics.
– Experience in C/C++ and Matlab.
– Experience in CAD design is desirable,
– Excellent publication record.
– Creativity and proactive attitude.
– Fluency in both spoken and written English.
– Strong team player.
** The salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will include additional health benefits.
** To apply, please send electronically a detailed CV with list of publications, university transcripts, your best first-author paper, a cover letter outlining motivation and statement of research interests/plan and two references letters to applications@iit.it and stating “SOFTPRO POST DOC CB 73243 ” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.
** For questions/info please contact Prof. Domenico Prattichizzo (domenico.prattichizzo@iit.it).

 

Domenico Prattichizzo
Professor of Robotics, University of Siena
Senior Scientist, IIT Genova 
IEEE Fellow 
skype: domenico.prattichizzo