Professor/Reader in Robotics

Lincoln, United Kingdom
£50,132 to £58,089 per annum
20 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

Location:  Lincoln 
Closing Date:   Sunday 21 July 2019

The University is seeking to appoint three Professor/Reader (Associate Professor) positions within Lincoln Agri-Robotics. 

These posts will provide the leadership for a new global centre of excellence for agricultural robotics located at the University of Lincoln. The investment includes capital facilities and the creation of up to 20 supporting academic and technical posts

Applicants should have a track record of delivering internationally excellent prior research, including research funding, research management, supervision and publications, in software- and/or hardware-related areas such as:

  • Field robotics:
  • mobile autonomy, navigation
  • soft robotics, manipulation and grasping
  • sensing and perception
  • fleet and swarm robotics
  • human-robot collaboration
  • systems integration
  • AI for agriculture, e.g. yield prediction and mapping
  • Machine vision for agriculture, e.g. phenotyping
  • Wireless sensor networks, cloud robotics, etc.

Lincoln Agri-Robotics expands the successful interdisciplinary collaboration between two of the University’s leading research groups: the Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology (LIAT) and the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The new centre offers the perfect opportunity to make a real difference by deploying robotics to the global challenges facing crop-based agriculture, such as climate change, population growth, political pressures affecting migration, and the demographics of an ageing population. 

You will play a key role in building the University’s international research reputation in agri-robotics, securing funding, leading your own team of researchers, and publishing world class research. 

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential of their work to enable the next generation of robotic systems underpinning the agricultural systems of the future. Candidates considered for the position of Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor), should be able to demonstrate the ability to reach the level of a full Professor within the first three years of their appointment. 

The post-holders will benefit from excellent facilities, equipment and ready-made links to our extensive network of industry partners across the entire agri-food chain. The new centre is based at the University’s 200-hectare Riseholme Campus, where researchers enjoy access to a working farm, woodlands, grasslands and watercourses, as well as our robotic fruit farm, including polytunnels and cold storage facilities. The University is also the lead institution for the new 50 PhD cohort of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics (AgriFoRwArdS), together with partners at the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia. State-of-the-art equipment available for our research includes advanced robotic manipulators and mobile robots, such as Franka arms and our fleet of Thorwald robots; advanced sensing, imaging and camera technologies; and excellent links to industrial facilities and test environments.

Please contact the University’s appointed adviser, Imogen Wilde, at Anderson Quigley on +44(0)7864 652 633 for an informal conversation about this opportunity. Alternatively for further information, please contact Lincoln Agri-Robotics joint directors: Prof Simon Pearson (LIAT) or Prof Tom Duckett (L-CAS).

Reader salary range: £50,132 to £58,089 per annum

Professor salary: Senior Management Group

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on the 4th and 5th September 2019