The Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation Research Line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Genoa, Italy) is seeking to appoint one outstanding fellow with a strong ambition to pursue a research career, with a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Robotics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering. At the time of the application, the prospected candidate could also be about to take a Master’s Degree in a relevant subject area or has recently obtained it within the past six months.
The selected candidate will have a key role in the design of the tactile feedback platforms, to convey tactile stimulation to the user re-implanted innervated skin, within the ERC Synergy Grant N. 810346 “Natural Bionics”. The activity will also deal with the development of non-invasive haptic interfaces for assistive robotics applications, and modelling of human touch (haptics).
The “Natural BionicS” project will deal with the development of the latest-generation bionic prostheses, combining robotics, software and surgery, in order to obtain “natural” limbs to be connected to the central nervous system. The new bionic prostheses will be connected to the spinal cord, allowing almost unlimited intuitive movement control and perception. The project will be carried out by three partners, with different expertise, Antonio Bicchi in IIT, Dario Farina at London Imperial College, and Oskar Aszmann at Medizinische Universitat in Vienna.
The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team at the SoftBot Lab, which is known for its cutting-edge research in the area of humanoid and rehabilitation robots, with focus on soft robotics actuation, end-effectors devices and haptic systems.
Softhand and SoftHand Pro, two of the most recent high performance and innovative robotic and prosthetic hands, are among the devices developed in the lab together with the high performance and dexterous humanoid robot Walk-Man (developed in collaboration with the “Humanoids and Human Centered Mechatronics” IIT research line). The SoftBot Lab is a dynamic environment where the most advanced understandings of natural motor control and the most innovative technologies of robotics proceed in symbiosis, together with a keen interest in technology transfer and the adoption of the EU Open Source/Open Data strategies. The lab counts on outstanding equipment and facilities together with strategic collaborations. Moreover the lab is active in many research projects such as SoftPro (EU H2020 project), Natural Bionics (Synergy ERC project), SoftHand (ERC project), SoftHand Pro-H (ERC POC) among many others.