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Post doc in large area electronic skin for soft robotics

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.


The Soft Biorobotics Perception Research line is coordinated by Dr. Lucia Beccai, who has extensive experience in bioinspired smart tactile sensing systems, bionics, biorobotics and soft robotics. The research aims at creating new embodied sensing processes in soft robots, with a focus on touch, enabling them to ‘see the world’ and intelligently interact with it, based on the investigation of natural-like physical interactions (like those of an elephant trunk gripping food or other items).

You will be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where engineers (mechanical, electrical, biomedical etc.), material and computer science experts, collaborate, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research with outstanding facilities.

For this post, the specific  SBRP research areas are the development of soft tactile sensors and large area skins.

Within the team, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Design and characterization of large area flexible electronic skins
  • Investigation of multiple transduction methods and custom electronics design


  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, nanotechnology, and similar disciplines
  • Documented experience and strong skills in:
    • Design of tactile sensor arrays
    • Hardware and firmware development for large sensor array
    • Characterization of tactile sensors and soft electronic skins
  • A strong publication record
  • Documented experience in coaching junior scientists
  • The ability to properly report, organize and publish research data
  • Good command in spoken and written English


  • Knowledge and/or experience in one (or more) of the following areas will be an added value: microfabrication technologies, 3D Printing, soft robotics fabrication technologies
  • 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
  • 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!

Fully Funded Scholarships for International Students to Work and Study Abroad

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

Application’s deadline: September 30, 2021 

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