[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doctoral Associate Position in Small Ground Robots for Agriculture

Joshua Peschel peschel at illinois.edu
Tue Jun 2 09:55:49 PDT 2015


A post-doctoral associate position focused on small autonomous ground
vehicles is now available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
with Professor Joshua Peschel in the department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering. The primary objective of this position is to support the
multi-year development, implementation, and field-demonstration of a new
mobile robot system for the rapid phenotyping of energy crops.

*Project Background:*

This project has assembled leaders in the fields of robotics, sensor
development, data integration, genomics, and modeling, to disrupt
traditional in-field sampling of energy crops using a mobile,
high-throughput field phenotyping system that will revolutionize
agriculture. This multi-year effort involves other team members from the
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois,
Cornell University, the University of California, Berkeley, and corporate
partners. The selected candidate will interact with this range of
personnel, and will have the opportunity to supervise graduate and
undergraduate students on the project in the area of robotics. If cogent to
the project and if scheduling permits, the candidate would be allowed to
pursue external grants of his or her own to additionally support new
aspects of this project. An assistant-level research faculty or research
scientist position may be possible over time through demonstrated
performance at an exceptional level. It is expected that the candidate will
publish results in highly competitive journals at key milestones that occur
during this project.

*Qualifications:*

The successful candidate will have earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a very closely related field
of study, with a specialization in mechatronics involving field-based
autonomous ground robots. Demonstrated expertise in C++ is required, along
with familiarity with both Linux and Microsoft programming environments.
Embedded controls programming and visual sensing experience is highly
desired. Organizational and technical skills will be verified through
qualified references and demonstrated written and oral English
communication skills are absolutely necessary for consideration. Candidates
must be able to work both independently and as part of a highly
interdependent and interdisciplinary team (e.g., engineers, data
scientists, plant biologists, geneticists); a professional work ethic is
expected at all times. Eligibility requirements to work in the United
States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the
proposed term of employment are necessary. Note: this position will require
a significant amount of work in outdoor environments during field testing.

*Application Details:*

The anticipated start date for this position is October 1, 2015; an earlier
start date could be negotiated. To apply, you should submit by email to
Professor Joshua Peschel (peschel at illinois.edu): i) your full CV, ii) a one
page statement of your relevant research and development experience and
interests, and iii) a list of three references who would be able to
objectively evaluate your qualifications (include email addresses and phone
numbers for each of the references). *Do not send additional materials*.
Please use the subject line: UIUC UGV Postdoc: <your last name>.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

*Contact Information:*

Prof. Joshua M. Peschel, PhD
Research Assistant Professor and Collins Scholar
Director, Human-Infrastructure Interaction Lab
2514 Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Lab
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: (217) 419-2571; Email: peschel at Illinois.edu


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