[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Engineer Position in Small Ground Robots for Agriculture

Joshua Peschel peschel at illinois.edu
Wed Jun 3 20:32:05 PDT 2015

A full-time research engineer 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
robotic platform 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 mentor students working on the
project in the area of visual sensing.


The successful candidate will have earned a BS (MS or PhD preferred) in
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a very closely related field
of study, with prior work experience in mobile hardware, visual sensing,
and real-time object detection. Demonstrated expertise in C++ and related
libraries (e.g., OpenCV, PCL, etc.) is required, along with familiarity
with both Linux and Microsoft programming environments. 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 complete resume or
full CV, ii) a one page statement of your relevant work or research and
development experience, 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 Engineer: <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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