[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Skippy (highly athletic robot) project at IIT

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD opportunity in Skippy (highly athletic robot) project at IIT

Roy Featherstone
Fully funded PhD position in Skippy project at IIT Genoa

Last call for a rare opportunity to work with the Skippy team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).

The Skippy project aims to create a highly athletic, small, light-weight robot that is capable of leaping 4 metres high, performing somersaults and other acrobatic movements, balancing on a single point, and a variety of other activities that require strength, speed, accuracy and skill.  Skippy is also rugged enough to crash land after making a mistake, and then get back up again unaided and undamaged.  This makes Skippy an ideal platform for ambitious motor-skill experiments, and for learning by doing.  For more information about Skippy see

IIT is a large, English-speaking research centre located near the city of Genoa in northern Italy.  It is well-equipped, well-funded, and has a large presence in robotics research.  For more details, see

To apply for this opportunity, you must apply to the University of Genoa, which collaborates with IIT.  Guidelines on how to do this can be found at

Deadline: 12th June, but the procedure is complicated, so you should start now.
Also, it is a good idea to discuss your application with me (Roy Featherstone) in advance, and to send me a copy of your application at the time you submit it to the University.

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