Research Assistant in Robotic Perception

Lincoln, United Kingdom
From £28,331 pro rata
Dec 09, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 06, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Computer Science

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £28,331 pro rata
Please note this post is fixed term for 6 months and part-time 0.5 FTE
Closing Date:   Monday 06 January 2020
Interview Date:   Wednesday 22 January 2020

We are looking to recruit a Research Assistant with a profile in robotic perception to join our growing agri-robotics research team.

The successful candidate will be employed within the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) as part of the Innovate UK project on the development of autonomous fleets of robots for the horticultural industry. The project is part of the RASberry initiative (Robotic and Autonomous Systems for Berry Production, and a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and industry including the world-leading manufacturer of the agricultural robots Saga Robotics Ltd. such as Thorvald. The candidate will develop the next generation of vision systems allowing for detection of strawberry fruit, identification of diseases, yield forecasting and phenotyping.


We are looking to recruit a candidate with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas such as robotic machine perception and machine learning for autonomous robots. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python/ROS) and prior experience with related software packages (OpenCV/PCL). Candidates should possess a very good honours degree or Masters in Computer Science or a related discipline. Evidence of the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent communication skills is also required.


You will have access to state-of-the-art research farms equipped with industrial standard fruit production facilities, as well as agricultural robots with advanced sensors and tools, including the world-leading Thorvald platform. Through the close collaboration with industry and academic partners, you will be embedded in an international consortium, with excellent opportunities to develop a strong individual research portfolio while being engaged in impactful and exciting research solving real-world problems.


This post will be part-time (50%FTE) fixed-term for 6 months, from 1st of March 2020 until 31th of August 2020, with excellent opportunities for ongoing career development and progression. Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Grzegorz Cielniak ( or Prof. Marc Hanheide (


As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you have any queries please email or telephone 01522 886 775. Please quote the job reference number and title in all correspondence.


This position does not fulfil the UK Visas & Immigration sponsorship criteria for Tier 2.