PhD Research Positions in Robotics at UniPISA/IIT, Italy

The University of Pisa and the Department of Advanced Robotics of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova are jointly opening two positions for international Ph.D. students.

  • Position/Theme 1: Analysis, Design and Control of Robots with Variable Compliance*
  • Position/Theme 2: Design and Control of Sensorized Robot Hands for Manipulation and Haptic Exploration*

The Ph.D. students will be involved in the research groups of two very active European projects, where Pisa and IIT closely collaborate: VIACTORS ( and HANDS.DVI / THE (, respectively. Their work will be mainly based at IIT’s premises in Genova, under the direct supervision of senior research personnel of both institutions.

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Candidates are sought who possess a Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science, with a strong background in Robotics Manipulation, and an interest in undertaking innovative, ambitious, high-risk/high- payoff research enterprises. The cosmopolitan research environment requires mastering the English language in both speaking and writing. Gradually acquiring the basics of the Italian language will make the experience of living in Italy more enjoyable, but is not required.

For more informations on the scientific environment and to discuss the research program (which will have to be tailored to the successful candidate’s own experience and interests) please contact

Antonio Bicchi (
Director, Centro “E. Piaggio” University of Pisa
Senior Researcher, Advanced Robotics Dept., IIT

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Darwin Caldwell (
Director, Advanced Robotics Dept., IIT

International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. Please email your application, including cover letter, CV, scanned transcripts, diplomas, publications, theses, other supporting material, and the contact information for at least two references as a single PDF file with “Application Ph.D. Position” in the subject line.

For adminstrative issues, please contact

Laura Maley (
Floriana Sardi (