Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Post Doc in Adaptable Growing Soft Robotics

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Pontedera, Italy

Two Postdoctoral researcher positions are available at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia within the Center for Micro-BioRobotics in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy.

The Bioinspired Soft Robotics (BSR) Research Line at Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) of IIT aims at designing and developing new robotic solutions and advanced components by taking inspiration from Nature. The group works in a dynamic, international and multidisciplinary environment, combining engineering and biology and using plants and soft-bodied animals as biological models. Science-based research activities are combined with the development of application-driven robotic solutions and technology transfer.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in either mechanical, manufacturing, biomedical, electrical, polymer engineering, materials science, or related. The successful candidate will join the Bioinspired Soft Robotics (BSR) Research Line at IIT, which offers a uniquely collaborative scientific research environment and outstanding research facilities.


Strong experience and knowledge in the following fields:
Additive manufacturing techniques
Development of advanced structural materials
Soft robotic technologies
Experience and knowledge of advanced design tools (Siemens NX, SolidWorks or equivalent)
Experience in the development of advanced robotic systems
English language skills (written and spoken)
Team work
The selected candidate will conduct innovative research activities in the framework of adaptive growing soft robotics. The position includes theoretical and hands-on research, collaborations with Post Docs, PhDs and MSc students, preparation of scientific publications and contribution to new grant proposals. The candidate must be capable to collaborate with a large, international and multidisciplinary team. Highly competitive salary will be offered to successful candidates.

Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, shall include:

a complete CV with a full list of publications, plus a final section titled “Relevant skills” commenting on the strong points where your CV matches the required skills (list above);
copy of up to 5 relevant papers, plus a final section titled “Personal contributions” detailing your specific contributions to each presented papers;
name and contacts of 2 referees.
For application, please send your CV to:

CC: Dr. Barbara Mazzolai (

quoting “Post Doc in Adaptable Growing Soft Robotics CB 76756 – 76784” in the subject line.


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Post Doc in Adaptable Growing Soft Robotics