Project: Repair “Reconstructing the Past: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Meet Cultural Heritage” – GA n. 964854

Commitment & contract: Postdoctoral Fellow

Duration: 24 months

Location: CRIS Genova


At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society. Our Genoa headquarter is strictly inter-connected with our 11 centres around Italy and two outer-stations based in the US for a truly interdisciplinary experience.


You will join the Soft Robotics for human cooperation and rehabilitation (SoftBots) Research line, coordinated by Prof. Bicchi, who has extensive experience in Robotics and Control Systems.

The Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation research line deals with the design and control of the next generation of robots. Perhaps nobody knows exactly how robots of the future will look like. There is a growing consensus, in the research community as well as in expectations from the public, that robots of the next generation will be physically compliant and adaptable machines, closely interacting with humans and moving safely, naturally and efficiently, and capable to assist weak people with a gentle force  – in other terms, future robots will be soft and strong.

You’d be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where robotic and mechatronic  engineers collaborate with computer scientist and archeologist, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research within the RePair project.

RePair aims at developing and integrating innovative technologies in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), to provide archaeologist with a tool that can deal effectively with reconstruction  problems  at  an  unprecedented  scale  and  be  able  to  bring  back  to  life  ancient  artworks  and masterpieces which otherwise would remain broken into pieces forever.

Within the team, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of novel algorithms to enable a robust and intelligent control of soft collaborative robots for the reconstruction of archeological artefacts.

The position includes theoretical and hands-on research, supervision of PhD and MSc students, preparation of grants and support of the general activities of the lab. The candidates must be capable to collaborate with a large and multidisciplinary team.

This open position/research is financed by the European Community within the RePair project.


  • A PhD in Robotics, Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related field
  • A strong publication record on Robotic grasping, manipulation and interaction control
  • A deep knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C++, Python, Matlab)
  • Knowledge of the Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Documented experience in coaching junior scientists
  • Good command in spoken and written English


  • Experience on computer vision and perception for grasp and motion planning
  • Hands-on experience with robotic manipulators and sensing devices (e.g. position, force/torque sensors)
  • Knowledge of soft and underactuated robotic systems
  • Knowledge of CAD for robotic design (e.g. Creo)
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong problem solving attitude
  • High motivation to learn
  • Spirit of innovation and creativity
  • Good in time and priority management
  • Ability to work in a challenging and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment


  • Competitive salary package for international standards  
  • Private health care coverage
  • Wide range of staff discounts


  • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us!
  • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs! 
  • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There’s a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation!
  • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.
  • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society!
  • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in! They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission!

If you feel this tickles your appetite for change, do not hesitate and apply!

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

Application’s deadline: 30/11/21 

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 Jul 22, 2021, 10:49:42 AM


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