[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Assistant - 3D Vision-based Crop-Weed Discrimination for Automated Weeding Operations

Tom Duckett tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk
Thu Apr 21 08:17:12 PDT 2016

Job Advert: Research Assistant - 3D Vision-based Crop-Weed Discrimination for Automated Weeding Operations (Fixed Term, 12 months)

School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK
Location:  Brayford
Salary:   From £26,537 per annum
This post is fixed term for 1 year
Closing Date:   Wednesday 04 May 2016
Interview Date:   Monday 16 May 2016
Reference:  COS285

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant 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, 8 school 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 Innovate UK.

You will be expected to specialise in software development for real-time 3D image analysis.  In this project we will investigate detection of plants using a low-cost 3D camera vision system and discrimination of target crop plants from weeds at different growth stages. The technology will be integrated into automated weeding products and evaluated in collaboration with an industrial partner who are a world leading manufacturers of robotic weeding machinery.

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 strong 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 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 https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lcas.lincoln.ac.uk&d=CwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=yHvt7vqS9sQpv7pEVrjdN-g-kIS-O6sXLol_P7Fu8Bs&s=Vj_Wv5ivqEhM3E0XGYioSbno6djO0pTKA4ZUUOT9Luo&e= .

Informal enquiries about the post are very welcome and can be made to Dr Grzegorz Cielniak (gcielniak at lincoln.ac.uk) or Prof Tom Duckett (tduckett at lincoln.ac.uk).

Please apply using the online application form at:

As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder 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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