[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two Post Docs positions at ICAROS Center/PRISMA Lab

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two Post Docs positions at ICAROS Center/PRISMA Lab

Bruno Siciliano-2
Dear Roboticists around the World:

The PRISMA Lab Group (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__prisma.dieti.unina.it_&d=DwIC-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=GsgpyZ3pEIYjpXBUhDHmIyElCPT6eKuFxu2FhpDyPCI&s=Iwo7DsKquOc01YxdQAPxteQZRzEqjlGLqtz_j4_YykE&e=) and the ICAROS
center (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.icaros.unina.it_&d=DwIC-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=GsgpyZ3pEIYjpXBUhDHmIyElCPT6eKuFxu2FhpDyPCI&s=EnMWuROKGVcX7YuhcpdetK3iKQ8lPSalyIJ46U18Uts&e=) both headed by Prof. Bruno
Siciliano at University of Naples Federico II in Italy, are seeking to
recruit two senior postdoctoral research fellows that will have a key
research role in the following area: robotic manipulation focused on
prehensile manipulation of rigid and non-rigid objects and on
anthropomorphic hand and surgical tools mechanical design.  The
successful candidates will conduct their research within the MUSHA
project (www.musha.unina.it).

** Description of the first position
The candidate will develop learning and control algorithms for
rigid/deformable objects grasping and manipulation with anthropomorphic
hands using visual feedback. One challenge is to recognize rigid
objects, another challenge is to track and model deformable objects.

** Description of the second position
The candidate will develop mechanical design of anthropomorphic tools
with tendon-based motion transmission system.

**  We are looking for highly-motivated young scientists with a
background and PhD in automatic control and/or robotics or mechanical
design, preferably with at least two years of experience abroad, and a
well-established publication record. Desired qualifications include one
of the following:
-Competencies in computer vision and machine learning;
- Sound background and working experience in robotic
manipulation/control system design;
- Competencies in numerical modeling and simulation of rigid and
deformable systems
-Competencies in mechanical design of anthropomorphic tools

furthermore all the candidates should have those desired qualifications
- Experience programming (C/C++, ROS) and MATLAB
- Excellent publication record
- Creativity and proactive attitude
- Fluency in both spoken and written English
- Strong team player

** Project idea
MUSHA aims at creating future generations of bio-inspired tools for
surgery and advanced bio-aware manipulation paradigms toward
breakthrough mini-invasive surgical instruments for organs manipulation
and android robotic hands. Bio-inspired mechanical design will address
the reduction of tools weight and dimension by limiting the number of
actuators while preserving dexterity and manipulation capabilities.
Fiber optic sensor will be suitably integrated to measure the contact
forces exchanged with the environment. The project aims at designing an
underactuated and sensorized three-fingered hand to be used as a
surgical tool for manipulation.  But the learning and control strategies
that MUSHA is willing to develop are of interest also for
anthropomorphic hands. Besides innovative control design, MUSHA  will
develop an integrated framework merging vision and touch information in
reasoning to carry out complex manipulation tasks.  The innovation will
be linked not only to the mechanical design and integrated sensor
systems but also to novel planning and control algorithms generating
intelligent and effective actions. MUSHA will integrate contributions
from: surgeons, on surgical tool requirements definition and on testing
in mechanical simulators and surgical settings; electronic engineers, on
the development, design and integration of fiber optic sensors; robotic
engineers, on mechanical design, on vison-force control development from
the observation of human sensory-motor coordination and on testing
robotic manipulation. The synergy of the different competences is the
key point to accomplish MUSHA objectives.

**About PRISMA Lab
University of Naples Federico II is the third oldest university in Italy
and the oldest public university in Europe. The School of Engineering,
with a population of 10,000 students, is the oldest in Italy and
recently celebrated its second centennial since the foundation by King
Gioacchino Murat in 1811. The PRISMA team operates in the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, where since almost 30
years is conducting research in robotics. Current interests include
force control, visual servoing, dual-arm/hand manipulation, human-robot
interaction, service robotics, and aerial robotics. The team has gained
world-wide recognition and is currently engaged in six projects
supported by the European Community. See www.prisma.unina.it for further
information.

** About ICAROS center
The ICAROS center (Interdepartmental Center for Advances in Robotic
Surgery) of the University of Naples Federico II was founded in March
2016 by the will of prof. Vincenzo Mirone of the School of Medicine and
Surgery and prof. Bruno Siciliano of the School of Engineering and Basic
Sciences, who is the Director of the center. The center aims at creating
synergies between clinical and surgical practice and research on new
technologies for computer/robot assisted surgery.

**About Naples
Naples is the third largest city in Italy, and is the capital of the
Campania region. World-known for its rich history, art, culture,
architecture, music, and gastronomy, Naples is a lively, exciting and
bustling city situated on the southwest coast in a gorgeous gulf, and is
surrounded by attractive tourist and archaeological sites such as Capri,
Ischia, Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Ercolano, Mount Vesuvius. See
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Naples&d=DwIC-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=GsgpyZ3pEIYjpXBUhDHmIyElCPT6eKuFxu2FhpDyPCI&s=wE_F_5y7LTQCEdIpxi_Jb_8qObtI9EN7X2tTTOjU5FA&e= for further information.

**Salary and Duration
The positions are full time and will be paid according to the current
Italian scheme. Salary will be determined depending on the level of
experience and research seniority of the individual candidate.
Positions are available immediately and will remain open until a
suitable number of strongly qualified candidates are selected.

** Qualified potential applicants holding a PhD degree should provide
the following material:

      1) Cover letter briefly describing their background and career plans

      2) CV

      3) Link to their research web-site

      4) List of publications

      5) Date of availability

      6) Names and contact information of at least two references

All documents should be submitted via email as a single compressed/pdf
file to Prof. Bruno Siciliano, [hidden email] and Dr. Fanny
Ficuciello [hidden email] with the subject: POSTDOC CANDIDATE
MUSHA.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Fanny Ficuciello
[hidden email]
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__wpage.unina.it_fanny.ficuciello&d=DwIC-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=GsgpyZ3pEIYjpXBUhDHmIyElCPT6eKuFxu2FhpDyPCI&s=Zvw5FYgB-85cewcojZVBpZrM_2LurVbKm4gs1gg3pb4&e=

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