[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc Opening - Navigation/mapping for dynamic legged robotic locomotion, IIT Genova

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[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc Opening - Navigation/mapping for dynamic legged robotic locomotion, IIT Genova

Jonas Buchli


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*_Post-doc opening:
  Navigation for dynamic all-terrain legged robotic locomotion
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Department of Advanced Robotics

Italian Institute of Technology


The Department of Advanced Robotics
(http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics.html) at the Italian Institute
of Technology, IIT, (an English language Institute) Genoa, is seeking to
appoint a highly motivated junior/senior  postdoctoral researcher who
will have a key role in the area of navigation and mapping for dynamic
locomotion of an autonomous all-terrain legged robot.


The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team to work on
the HyQ project at IIT. HyQ is a hydraulic fully torque controlled
quadruped robot, built for dynamic, outdoor operation.

http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics/hyq.html

The candidate will have responsibility for leading research in
navigation and mapping for highly dynamic legged locomotion through
challenging terrain settings. The goal is to achieve very fast, but
fully controlled autonomous outdoor operation. We therefore are
developing approaches for model based control, planning and navigation
of such systems in non-structured environments.

More precisely the candidate for this post will look at suitable methods
(theory, algorithms and SW implementation) and technologies (vision,
laser, etc) for navigation and mapping on fast walking, running and
jumping robots. She/he will also study how these methods can be closely
integrated with control and planning algorithms.

Desired background:

  - PhD in robotics/SLAM/navigation or related field
  - strong, proven research background
  - strong background in SLAM, navigation, mapping, stereo vision,
visual SLAM
  - excellent mathematical and systems-theoretical skills
  - excellent communication and team skills
  - excellent software skills (mainly C/C++, Matlab)
  - experience in working with real robotic systems, field robot projects
    or similar
  - ability to bring theoretical ideas into practical implementation
  - experience in mapping/SLAM and related sensing hardware and software
    (cameras, range finders)


The position is open for immediate appointment. Salary is highly
competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This post will offer possible future career options and advancement on
successful completion.

For further information contact: Dr. J. Buchli ([hidden email])

Interested applicants should submit in electronic form (PDF only) their
CV outlining experience and qualifications, list of publications, a
statement of research interests, and the names of at least two referees
to Jonas Buchli ([hidden email]) quoting [PD-NAV] in the subject.
For full consideration, apply by *15.5.2011*.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the
Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the
candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her
personal data.

The Italian Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer
that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.


Jonas Buchli, Dr., MSc EE

Team Leader
Dept. of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology
http://www.iit.it/
+39 010 71781 925


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