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Fellow position in software engineering for robotic applications

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

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’d be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where mechanical, electrical, software engineers and robotics experts collaborate to carry out common research.

The Humanoid Sensing and Perception Research line is coordinated by Lorenzo Natale who has extensive experience in humanoid robotics and in particular artificial vision, tactile sensing and software architectures for robotics. You will contribute to the project 5GTOURS funded by the EU through the H2020 framework program. The goal of this project is the implementation of a robotic museum guide and it involves the development of algorithms for autonomous navigation in known environments and human-robot interaction using vision and technologies for natural language processing. It involves field tests involving end-users in a real environment.

Within the team, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Develop the software that controls the behavior of the robot by orchestrating in real-time the components for perception, navigation and natural language processing;
  • Develop the dialog manager and its interaction with the other components of the robot software architecture;
  • Participate in the field test and experimental validation.
Fully Funded Scholarships for International Students to Work and Study Abroad

This position is supported by the Horizon 2020 EU project 5G-TOURS Grant Agreement 856950.


  • A degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related disciplines
  • Strong motivation to work with real robotic systems
  • Good knowledge of programming languages such as, C/C++, Java, Python
  • Good communication skills and ability to cooperate within a team
  • Good command in spoken and written English.


  • Previous experience working on real robotic systems
  • Knowledge of C++ and development tools (e.g. CMake and GIT)
  • Knowledge of middleware for robotics (e.g. YARP, ROS)
  • Knowledge of open source robotics software, simulators (e.g. Gazebo) and middleware (e.g. ROS/YARP)
  • Knowledge of cloud services APIs/SDKs (e.g. Google, Amazon, etc)
  • 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


  • Salary commensurate to experience and skill
  • Wide range of staff discounts
  • Flexible working time


  • 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 reference.

Application’s deadline: September 15th, 2021

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