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[Job] Fully funded PostDoc position in Soft Robotics [deadline May 13]


At The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna we are offering a PostDoc position in the area of Soft Robotics

It is within the Marie Curie ITN project SMART-E, a European funded network for education of PhD students and young researchers, which offers interesting positions, in terms of cutting-edge topics, international collaborations, including periods in companies and other universities, and salary.

Deadline for application: May 13, 2015
Relevant information is reported below. 

We recommend that prospective applicants contact us for help with the procedure:

Matteo Cianchetti ( or Cecilia Laschi (


Job title

Soft robotics gripper for industrial manufacturing

Post duration

12-month position for experienced researchers (PostDoc) - Start: July 15, 2015

Job description

• Development of a novel robotic gripper based on soft robotics technologies for industrial manufacturing:
- Definition of the detailed list of requirements based on limitations of the current industrial gripper for the selected scenario
- Identification of the most suitable technologies for sensing, mechanisms and actuation
- Proof of concept by building simplified prototypes
- Iterative assessment of the gripper performances and optimization of the design
- Fabrication of the final device

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

• Management tasks related to SMART-E project

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

Desired Profile of the Applicant

• Highly motivated and innovative researcher
• English language proficiency (written and oral)
• Strong publication record
• Outstanding organizational skills, team work capability, self-motivated
• Management skills

Desired Background and Knowledge

• Experience with multi-physics simulators (e.g. Ansys, Marc, Abaqus)
• Experience with CAD software (e.g. ProE, Solid Works)

• Experience in using rapid prototype manufacturing technologies like 3D  printing, laser cutting and elastomer molding

• Robotics, and mechanics

Note that prior knowledge in the field of soft robotics is not mandatory, but represents a strong figure of merit.

What we offer

We offer an exciting research opportunity at the cutting edge of robotics. You will work with top researchers from academia (in addition to Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna: 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 Festo, Shadow Robot, AGCO, and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.