Research Associate in Robotics Control and Vision Systems

Location
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Posted
11 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2019
Ref
COS659A
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

School of Computer Science

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £33,199 pro rata
This post is fixed term until 30th April 2021, and is full time (20% of time working for University and 80% for ARWAC)
Closing Date:   Sunday 24 November 2019
Interview Date:   Tuesday 10 December 2019

The University of Lincoln and ARWAC Ltd are looking to recruit a Research Associate to join an exciting new Innovate UK funded project, to support the development of a commercial robot to remove blackgrass from arable crops without the use of herbicide. 

This role will involve working alongside researchers at the University of Lincoln and leading industry experts. The Research Associate in Robotics Control and Vision Systems will play an integral role in systems integration, including communications, sensors and control systems, which will enable the robot to navigate to areas of high blackgrass density by following crop rows.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to a collaborative academic / industry project, working as part of a team to develop the world’s first autonomous weeding system in narrow row crops, which has the potential to significantly reduce the impact of a major threat to UK food production. 

The work will incorporate and build on the successful IBEX2 agri-robotics technology, which was selected as an exemplary project by Innovate UK. Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in agriculture and significant skills and experience in relevant computer sciences. They will also have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, including excellent verbal and written communication. Applicants should have, or expect to soon obtain, a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area, also excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS, PCL, OpenCV). 

Please note, this role is 100% FTE role, comprising 20% FTE employment with the University of Lincoln and 80% FTE employment with ARWAC Ltd. The appointment will be made following one joint interview panel.  This role will be based at the University of Lincoln,  Riseholme campus, but will involve travel to partner sites, including farms across Lincolnshire. 

For further details please contact Dr Charles Fox: chfox@lincoln.ac.uk