[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Assistant - 3D Vision Assisted Robotic Harvesting of Broccoli

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Mon Apr 20 01:30:00 PDT 2015

Job Advert: Research Assistant (3D Vision Assisted Robotic Harvesting of Broccoli) - fixed term (12 months)

School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK
Location:  Brayford
Salary:   From £26,274 per annum
This post is fixed term for 1 year
Closing Date:   Thursday 30 April 2015
Interview Date:   Monday 18 May 2015
Reference:  COS176

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (fixed term for 12 months) to join the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The Centre specialises in the integration of perception, learning, decision-making and control capabilities in autonomous systems such as mobile robots. Currently, 6 staff and over 20 postgraduate researchers contribute to the Centre's research output. The successful candidate will be employed as part of a collaborative project funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK.

You will be expected to specialise in software development for real-time image analysis, especially using 3D RGB-D or point cloud data.  In this project we will investigate 3D imaging technologies to identify and select plants that are ready to harvest within commercial crops. This will provide a key underpinning step towards the development of a fully automatic and sensor guided robotic harvesting system. The technology will be refined and evaluated in collaboration with an SME with highly specialised expertise in developing automation solutions for the horticulture industry.

The position offers the opportunity to engage in collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art imaging hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce high quality research outputs. The successful candidate will possess excellent skills in programming, especially in C++; MATLAB also an advantage, and a keen interest in computer vision. Further experience in 3D imaging and relevant software packages such as Point Cloud Library and OpenCV would also be an advantage. Candidates should possess a 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 written and verbal communication skills, is also required.

The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln provides a stimulating environment for academic research, and is based on the picturesque waterfront campus in the vibrant and historical city of Lincoln in high quality, newly developed facilities. The research facilities available within the School of Computer Science include well-appointed research laboratories and office spaces with state-of-the-art computing facilities for an international community of academics, researchers and graduate students. For further information see http://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk

Informal enquiries about the post are very welcome and can be made to Prof Tom Duckett (email: tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk).

Please apply using the online application form at:


As a member of the Athena SWAN Charter we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professor Tom Duckett
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Phone: +44 1522 837113
Fax: +44 1522 886974

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