[robotics-worldwide] Post-doc position in agro-robotics at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Henten, Eldert van Eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl
Wed Mar 27 08:34:16 PDT 2013


Dear colleagues,

The Farm Technology Group of Wageningen University in The Netherlands is looking for a post-doc in the field of agro-robotics.

We are looking for

We are looking for a Postdoc in Agro-robotics, responsible for the organisation, implementation and coordination of current research activities in this field. In this position you will also motivate and supervise PhD and MSc students, and disseminate results through publication of scientific papers, conferences and project meetings. In your work, emphasis will lie on intelligence and high-level control of robots, and to a lesser extent on sensing including vision. You will apply expertise in systems of primary agricultural production. You will be supportive in identifying new research lines and opportunities, and acquisition of new projects. You will start your work with contributing to the SmartBot project on precision weed control, and supervising MSc and PhD students working on robotic harvesting of sweet pepper fruits and robotic floor egg collection in livestock farming.
We ask

We ask that you, as Post Doc, are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist, and a team player, devoted to research in Biosystems Engineering. You also have:
- a PhD in robotics or artificial intelligence, or related,
- a strong background in motion planning for and high-level control of autonomous systems,
- programming experience (ROS, Matlab, C#),
- basic experience with sensing and particularly image processing,
- demonstrable affiliation with primary agricultural production and genuine interest in the specific circumstances in this domain and its challenges of sustainability,
- a solid theoretical base with a drive for practical application,
- willingness and enthusiasm to supervise MSc and PhD students,
- good communication skills and fluent in English (both oral and written),
- keen interest in research network development and project acquisition.
We offer
The Farm Technology Group offers you an interesting and challenging research environment with interactions between researchers and students. We offer you a full-time temporary position for a period of two years with the possibility of extension after successful evaluation. Gross monthly minimum salary is € 3,227.- and max. € 4,418.-. (Scale 11), based on a full time employment (38 hours per week) and dependent on expertise and experience. For more information about Wageningen UR look at http://www.wur.nl/UK/work.

Don't email directly to the people mentioned above but use the website to apply.

The organization

Farm Technology Group
The Farm Technology Group is part of Wageningen University and embedded in the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR. The Farm Technology Group aims at enhancing, exploiting and disseminating technology in primary agricultural production processes with the aim to fulfil the needs of mankind and nature in a sustainable way. This mission is achieved by combining knowledge, methodology and tools from technical sciences with biological, environmental, agricultural and social sciences in order to study, understand, manage and design biosystems. The group covers arable farming, (greenhouse) horticulture and livestock farming and variations and mixtures of these application domains as they emerge in response to challenges posed by moving towards a more bio-based economy. Typical research instruments and expertise in our field include sensor technology, data analysis, systems analysis, continuous time and discrete time modelling, systems engineering, integral systems design, systems optimization and management and control of production processes, robotics and precision agriculture techniques.

The world is facing interesting challenges in the years to come: a growing population that needs to be fed, less people interested in working in agriculture, limited natural resources (e.g. fertilizers) and a growing concern about the environment (e.g. chemical crop protection). Robots and (semi-)autonomous systems are an option for addressing these challenges, by supporting and replacing human labour and performing operations in a more directed and precise way (precision agriculture). The past 15 years, Wageningen UR / The Farm Technology Group has built up an extensive and unique portfolio in agro-robotics ranging from autonomous harvesting machines for horticulture to precision weed control in arable farming. As sensing (e.g. computer vision) is a well-established field of expertise within Wageningen UR, we now wish to expand our agro-robotics work in the direction of 'intelligence' and high-level control.

More information about the Farm Technology Group can be found on www.wageningenur.nl\fte
Wageningen University & Research centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need!

How to apply?

Applications should be send through http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies/Show/Post-Doc-AgroRobotica.htm

Feel free to distribute in your group/institute/network.

Best regards,

Eldert van Henten

Prof.dr.ir. Eldert J. van Henten

Farm Technology Group, Wageningen UR
                              &
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture

Postal address: P.O. Box 317, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands
Visiting address: Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 317 483328
Fax: +31 (0) 317 484819
Skype: e.j.van.henten
E-mail: eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl<mailto:eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl>
Web:  www.fte.wur.nl<blocked::http://www.fte.wur.nl/> & www.greenhousehorticulture.wur.nl<blocked::http://www.greenhousehorticulture.wur.nl/>
Disclaimer: www.wur.nl/UK/disclaimer.htm<http://www.wur.nl/UK/disclaimer.htm>


Prof.dr.ir. Eldert J. van Henten

Farm Technology Group, Wageningen UR
                              &
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture

Postal address: P.O. Box 317, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands
Visiting address: Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 317 483328
Fax: +31 (0) 317 484819
Skype: e.j.van.henten
E-mail: eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl<mailto:eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl>
Web:  www.fte.wur.nl<blocked::http://www.fte.wur.nl/> & www.greenhousehorticulture.wur.nl<blocked::http://www.greenhousehorticulture.wur.nl/>
Disclaimer: www.wur.nl/UK/disclaimer.htm<http://www.wur.nl/UK/disclaimer.htm>



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