Assistant with Master in AI-based nano robotics
Scadenza: 28 September 2021
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) has opened at the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) located in the new USI-SUPSI Campus in Lugano-Viganello (Campus Est), in particular at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), a full time (100%) position for Assistant with Master in AI-based nano robotics. Contract start date to be agreed.


  • Research activities in the field of artificial intelligence, embedded ultra-low-power systems, and robotic nano-platforms. The assistant position is framed within an engaging and exciting international research project on cutting-edge technologies for the next generation of intelligent, autonomous, and secure nano-sized (i.e., sub-ten centimeters diameter, tens of grams in weight) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
  • Embedded programming on ultra-low-power ARM-/RISC-V-based microcontroller units, with special focus on the development of deep learning and multi-model/multi-task artificial intelligence algorithms.
  • Implementation of algorithmic optimization for resource-constrained -- memory and computation-- embedded plat-forms.
  • Assist in scientific papers (e.g., journals) and internal reports writing.
  • Public speaking and presentation to a wide audience (e.g., conferences, project partners review meetings).



  • Master in Electrical, Electronics or Computer Science Engineering, Informatics, or other quantitative fields.
  • The master degree must have been received within the last three years.
  • Outstanding background in the machine/deep learning fields, with a solid initial knowledge in the software embedded domain (engineering). The candidate should be highly motivated in extending her/his expertise and practical experi-ence in both domains, in particular in the latter.
  • High motivation and commitment with a strong desire for research and publishing at top conferences and journals.
  • Good theoretical background in computer architectures and embedded processing.
  • Experience with Python programming and deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch and Tensorflow.
  • Familiarity with C programming for embedded devices and microcontrollers (e.g., STM32).
  • Familiarity with parallel programming (e.g., CUDA) of many-core, multi-core, and heterogeneous systems (e.g., NVIDIA Tegra board, ARM big.LITTLE).
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Good organizational skills, ability to work independently and to plan and direct own work.
  • Ability to work in a team and with colleagues and other members of the Institute, engage in scientific dialogue.
  • Strong motivation and commitment to fulfill research activities, milestones, and deadlines.


  • Experience in low-level C/assembly optimizations.
  • Experience with digital signal analysis and lab equipment (oscilloscopes, power analyzer).
  • Familiarity with robotics platforms, such as the Bitcraze Crazyflie nano-sized quadrotor.
  • Familiarity with sensors’ drivers (e.g., IMU) and their communication protocols (e.g., I2C, SPI).
  • Trackable hands-on experience on practical projects (e.g., competitions, hackatons, challenges).
  • Knowledge of cyber-security and cryptography topics.

We offer

  • Fixed-term contract of employment.
  • Workplace at IDSIA USI-SUPSI in the new campus in Lugano-Viganello (Switzerland).
  • International working environment.
  • Attractive salary in line with the Swiss standards for research.
  • Covering the costs of participation in high-profile conferences, workshops and schools.

Additional information

The requirements for this function are published within the “Direttive interne SUPSI” and within “Regolamento del personale SUPSI” on the Italian website.

For further information, please contact:
Alessandro Giusti
Daniele Palossi

Applicants should submit the following documents, written in English.

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae with publications list (if any) and a link to the Master thesis.
  • List of courses and their grades of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (i.e., transcript of records).
  • List of two references (with e-mail addresses).

Only applications submitted electronically within and not later than September 28th 2021 through the appropriate online form.
Applications which are incomplete or sent after the deadline will not be considered.