Research Fellow, Web and Internet Science
Web & Internet Science
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £31,406 to £37,467 per annum
Fixed Term until 01/07/2024
Closing Date: Monday 08 August 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed
This exciting research post is part of a two year project to create systems which help with research on the effect of climate change on glaciers. It is a joint project involving Electronics and Computer Science dept. (ECS) with the School of Geography & Environmental Science. This post will be based in ECS and concentrate on the development of a low power Internet of Things (IoT) Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite System tracker with UAV-based deployment.
We have designed and deployed an initial system that has sent back live glacier-flow data from Iceland for three years. We aim to improve the energy efficiency, communications, weight and usability of the system so that we can use an Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to deliver the system onto hazardous areas of the glacier. This would allow measurements in inaccessible areas, which have fast flow and presents a range of technical challenges.
The system uses a dGPS base station, with synchronised sensor systems on the ice. The differential GPS achieves centimetre accuracy, so we can plot the ice movement. The 4 hourly position measurements have to last a year using lithium/solar power. Each unit is controlled by an ARM microcontroller running micropython and has a micro-amp sleep state between readings. The design will pioneer the use of new nano-satellite communications (swarm.space) to send daily data back to the UK. Power management, risk minimisation and adaptive behaviour are part of the design challenges. A new PCB will be designed with all the components and trialled in the UK. We will use our DJI Matrice 300 quadcopter to test supervised sensor deployment and collection strategies using its Payload SDK and camera for visual inspection. This operates at km distances and has a max. payload of 2.7kg. One of the challenges is to make an efficient design which can be deployed and picked-up by the UAV. Fieldwork will take place initially in the local area and then in Iceland.
You will develop the hardware and software in collaboration with the Geography researcher and investigators. This post offers an opportunity to develop a range of skills across different technical areas, working closely with geoscientists on real-world problems.
To join us on this exciting project you will need to have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications. Experience with more than one of these areas is useful: embedded computers, Python, PCB design and UAVs. A background in Electronics or Computer Science is possible as it is a team project and new skills can be developed. An interest in environmental issues would be beneficial as would any outdoor experience.
*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.
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