Job ID: 85711

Deciphering the novel principles of the octopus neuromuscular systems control

Position: Junior Post doc/Post-Graduation Research Fellowship

Deadline: 15 August 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2022

Contract Length: 1 year


Country: Italy


Department: Center for Micro-BioRobotics & Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN)


The octopus is an outstanding example of complex multi-functional behavior in a soft bodied animal. With its long, flexible arms and highly developed brain, the octopus has been an excellent source of inspiration for soft robots at least for the last 10 years. In this project, we aim at deciphering the organization of the arm motor control system employing techniques of in vivo brain recordings, muscle electrophysiology/biomechanics and motion kinematics.
We aim at providing low and high level requirements, from the mechanical and control aspects, for the construction of flexible embodied robotic arms.

What are we seeking: Enthusiastic students holding a Master Degree in Biology/Biotechnologies or related areas and/or a PhD in Neuroscience or related field, and strongly
 interested in the field of motor control and computation.

Preferred expertise are in vitro/in vivo electrophisiology, programming (Phyton or Matlab), and knowledge of motor control and kinematics. However, previous experience in the field of motor control are not mandatory and candidate will be evaluated for their overall competences and attitudes.

Duration: 1 year, renewable based on financial availability.

This open position is financed by the ONR within the project “Deciphering the novel principles of the octopus neuromuscular systems control using a bottom-up approach” award number N00014-21-1-2516.