Control Engineer for Industrial Collaborative Robots - [ Technical ]

Added on: 10/07/2020 - Expires on 31/08/2020

We are looking for a full-time control engineer (fixed term contract) with proven experience in control design, testing and development of robotic systems, with particular focus on collaborative robots.

The selected candidate will join an interdisciplinary team at the Intellimech-IIT joint lab (JOiiNT LAB), which has the objective of strengthen the IIT technology transfer mission, bridging research activities and industrial needs. JOiiNT LAB core activities are in the field of mechatronics, collaborative robotics, wearable and immersive tele-presence systems for inspection and maintenance. The JOiiNT LAB is located in the heart of Kilometro Rosso Innovation District in Bergamo.

Involved PIs and Research Lines:


Manuel Catalano - Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation

Nikos Tsagarakis - Humanoid and Human Centered Mechatronics

Arash Ajoudani - Human Robot Interfaces and Physical Interaction

The successful candidate will have a key role in the design of control algorithms, testing, and development of collaborative robotics systems, focusing primarily on the human-robot physical interaction. Among other duties, the incumbent will be responsible for determining control, electrical and sensing interfaces, definition of specifications and requirements and testing. Furthermore, he/she will provide general control and electronic support for the different level of integration of the systems.



  • Experience in the control of robotic systems with multiple degrees of freedom.
  • Strong communication and English language skills (written and spoken).
  • creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • team player with good oral and written communication skills (English language).
  • willingness to integrate into a multidisciplinary, dynamic, international research group.
  • highly motivated.

Experience in the following fields is preferred:

  • Experience in design and testing of haptic devices and robotic manipulation systems.
  • Data processing and analysis.
  • Data acquisition, e.g. with I/O boards or motion capture systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with F/T sensors, surface EMG sensors.
  • Strong knowledge of control tools, e.g. Matlab, Simulink.
  • Knowledge of C++ and ROS programming.
  • Basic knowledge of CAD system for robotic design (e.g. Creo).

Position overview:

Specific responsibilities of the job would include the following:

  • Designing, testing and implementing algorithms in real environments for various robotics applications, such as, collaborative robots, wearable interfaces and actuation components.
  • Use of motion capture and EMG signals for mapping human robot physical interaction.
  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines (electronics and mechatronics) to ensure the successful integration of the whole system.
  • Generate detailed technical documentation of the activities.

The salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will include additional health benefits.

Workplace: Bergamo, JOiiNT LAB / Genova, IIT.

The activities will be carried out across Genoa IIT headquarters and the JOiiNT LAB spaces at Kilometro Rosso Innovation District in Bergamo. Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to work for the first period in IIT headquarters in Genoa, and afterwards to be located mainly in the JOiiNT LAB in Bergamo.

Application Documents: interested applicants meeting the requirements outlined above must submit their application including a detailed CV and cover letter, outlining motivation, experience and qualifications.

The complete application documents must be submitted via email to . This position will remain open until 31/08/2020. Make sure your application is considered by quoting (Control Engineer for Industrial Collaborative Robots CB  78462) in the email subject.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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