The Soft Robotics for human cooperation and rehabilitation (SoftBots) Laboratory of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is seeking for one highly motivated Fellow researcher (holding a master degree).

The SoftBots Lab is known for its cutting-edge research in the areas of collaborative robotics, human-robot interaction and collaboration, teleoperation, and assistive robotics.

The successful candidate will be involved in a joint research activity between IIT SoftBots and the Control and Automation Lab from Università degli Studi di Bergamo.

The main goal of the activity is to develop and applying health monitoring algorithms to robotic systems. Such algorithms are based on measures of physical quantities of the systems (such as current and position/velocity) including possible additional sensors (i.e. accelerometers) and provide information about the state of health of the system (or its components) through the value of a health variable.

These algorithms can be developed in different ways, such as via purely data-driven methods, mostly based on statistical learning theory, machine learning or system identification theory; signal based methods, that exploit some peculiar features (“the shape”) of typical and repetitive measurements, or alternatively, by applying model bases methods, based on accurate simulation models (“digital twins”) of the machine/component.

Health monitoring algorithms can provide information for the predictive maintenance of the system and its components most prone to wear and/or malfunctioning. Moreover, they allow to compute the Remaining Useful Life of some components and to design control algorithms that can adapt their behavior to faults (fault tolerant control) or to efficiency decreases in actuators or other components (condition adaptive control). The combination of health monitoring techniques and a robotic system view may allow to reduce the risks by e.g. careful planning and/or redistributing efforts in redundant system.

Methods to increase robustness and reliability can be devised both from a hardware and a software perspective. This includes the characterization of the performance, fault diagnosis and life cycle analysis of robotic platforms based on novel actuation concepts (e.g. SEA, VSA, VIA).

Required qualifications:

•    Master degree in robotics, automation and control engineering.

•   Knowledge of control tools, e.g. Matlab, Simulink.

•   Knowledge of programming languages (Python, C++).

•    Good communication skills and ability to integrate within a multidisciplinary team.

•    Creative, proactive and collaborative attitude.

•    English language skills (written and oral).

Desired qualifications:

•   Knowledge of ROS programming.

•   Knowledge of motor drivers and power PCB design.

•   Knowledge of sensing devices (e.g. position, force/torque), their properties and applications.

•   Knowledge of CAD system for robotic design (e.g. Creo).

•   Confidence with version control tools (specifically git).

Please submit your application (including a detailed CV, university transcripts, cover letter outlining motivation, experience and qualifications for the post and contact information of 2 references) using the online form.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT ( was founded with the objective of promoting Italy’s technological development and further education in science and technology. In this sense, IIT’s scientific program is based on the combination of basic scientific research with the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. The research areas cover scientific topics of high innovative content representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields ranging from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnology.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

We inform you that the data you provide will be processed for the sole purpose of evaluating professional profiles and selecting them according to the needs of the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genova, Via Morego, 30, as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

We also inform you that, pursuant to article 15 and following articles of EU Regulation 2016/679 (“General Data Protection Regulation”), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (telephone 010 28961 – email: dpo[at]

Primary Location


Other Locations





 Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation

Job Posting

 May 3, 2021, 3:10:31 PM


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.