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Call for 2 ERS (Early Stage Researcher) fellowships

Call for 2 ERS (Early Stage Researcher) fellowships within the European Marie Curie Action ITN (Initial Training Network) project “SMART-E – Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training” for 2 PhD positions in the three-year Ph.D. Programme in BioRobotics managed by the BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (SSSA).
The posts are for three years and start in May 1, 2014.

The online application (and the detailed call) can be found here:



Project title 1:

“Octopus based technologies for manipulation in manufacturing”

Job description:

·       Design of the morphology and study of the kinematics of a gripper based on soft robotics technologies

·       Development of a soft gripper prototype for manipulation on manufacturing

·       Organization of workshops for the Marie-Curie fellows of the projects SMART-E

·       Management tasks related to project SMART-E

Project title 2:

“Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation”

Job description:

·       Study and characterization of the artificial materials that can reproduce the biological hierarchical organization

·       Realization of the materials for the octopus-based soft robotic manipulator

·       Organization of workshops for the Marie-Curie fellows of the projects SMART-E

·       Management tasks related to project SMART-E


Key eligibility criteria for the posts:

To be eligible, the candidate must simultaneously fulfill all the following criteria at the time of recruitment:

[a] Applicants may be of any nationality and must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree or equivalent title, in subjects like mechanical, computer, biomedical, electrical, automation engineering and computer science, and they should not be older than 35 years on February 28th, 2014; applicants older than 35 may be exceptionally admitted by the Examination Committee on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum. Applicants must be Early stage researcher. It means a researcher who, at the time of recruitment, has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree and is in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

[b] In order to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the Marie Curie ITN at the date of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Italian candidates can apply if they have resided in another country for more than 3 years of the last 4 years.

[c] At the time of recruitment by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, the applicant has not yet been

awarded the doctorate degree and he/she is in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her

research career.

[d] Students that are going to obtain the M.Sc. Degree no later than the starting date of the Program can also apply. In this case the candidate will be conditionally admitted. In order to be formally admitted he/she will have to declare the successful achievement of the Degree before the beginning of the Program.

Desired Profile of the Applicants:

·       Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment and to define and implement solutions in line with team objectives High motivation

·       Excellent organizational, reporting and communication skills, as well as a proactive attitude towards solving problems and an interest in BioRobotics

·       Team working and availability to travel are essential.

·       English language proficiency (written and oral)

Additional information: You will be expected to undertake international travel with short stays in different partner institutes.

What we offer:

We offer an exciting research opportunity at the cutting edge of robotics. You will work with top researchers from academia (University of Salford, University of Zurich, Italian Institute of Technology, Technical University of Munich) and you have the possibility to work and network with industrial partners like Airbus, Festo, Shadow Robot, and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.

The ESRs will receive an yearly gross salary (Living allowance) and a total Mobility allowance depending on family status at date of recruitment. They will undertake a secondment at a beneficiary’s or an associated partner's premises other than those of the beneficiary which has appointed the researcher under the project.

SSSA will cover tuition fees, access to the library and laboratories, the use of the canteen and other services, according to its internal regulations.