[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Professor/ Associate Professor in Robotic Manipulation and Grasping

Tom Duckett tom.d.duckett at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 08:45:54 PST 2019

[jobs] Professor/ Associate Professor in Robotic Manipulation and Grasping
Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

Location:  Lincoln
Closing Date:   Friday 17 January 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  AGRI19A

The University is seeking to appoint a full Professor or Associate
Professor in robotic manipulation and grasping within Lincoln
Agri-Robotics. Candidates should have outstanding technical expertise in
robotics and a strong interest in applying their research to the agri-food
domain, with a particular focus on automated selective harvesting of
high-value crops.

This post will help to provide the leadership for a new global centre of
excellence for agricultural robotics located at the University of Lincoln.
The investment includes capital facilities and the creation of over 20
supporting academic and technical posts. The successful candidate will play
a key role in building the University’s international research reputation
in agri-robotics, securing funding, leading their own team of researchers,
and publishing world class research.

Applicants should have a track record of delivering internationally
excellent prior research, including research funding, research management,
supervision and publications, in software- and/or hardware-related areas
such as (but not limited to):

   - Machine learning for manipulation
   - Grasp planning and motion planning
   - Forceful interactions and compliant control
   - Reactive grasping and tactile sensing
   - Soft-robotics and intelligent end-effector design
   - Grasping of deformable or delicate objects
   - Robotic harvesting and dextrous manipulation of food products

Lincoln Agri-Robotics expands the successful interdisciplinary
collaboration between two of the University’s leading research groups: the
Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology (LIAT) and the Lincoln Centre for
Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). The new centre offers the perfect opportunity
to make a real difference to the global challenges facing crop-based
agriculture, such as climate change, population growth, political pressures
affecting migration, and the demographics of an ageing population.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential of their work to
enable the next generation of robotic systems underpinning the agricultural
systems of the future. Candidates considered for the position of Associate
Professor should be able to demonstrate the ability to reach the level of a
full Professor within the first three years of their appointment.

The post-holder will benefit from excellent facilities, equipment and
ready-made links to our extensive network of industry partners across the
entire agri-food chain. The new centre is based at the University’s
200-hectare Riseholme Campus, where researchers enjoy access to a working
farm, woodlands, grasslands and watercourses, as well as our robotic fruit
farm, including polytunnels and cold storage facilities. The University is
also the lead institution for the new 50 PhD cohort of the EPSRC Centre for
Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics (AgriFoRwArdS), with partners at
the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia. State-of-the-art equipment
available for our research includes advanced robotic manipulators and
mobile robots, such as Franka arms and our fleet of Thorvald robots;
advanced sensing, imaging and camera technologies; and excellent links to
industrial facilities and test environments.

Please contact the University’s appointed adviser, Imogen Wilde, at
Anderson Quigley on +44(0)7864 652 633 for an informal conversation about
this opportunity. Alternatively for further information, please contact
Lincoln Agri-Robotics joint directors: Prof Simon Pearson (LIAT) or Prof
Tom Duckett (L-CAS).

*Associate Professor salary range: £51,034 to £59,135 per annum*

*Professor salary: Senior Management Group, Competitive Salary*

We are an equal opportunities employer, celebrate diversity and are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We
welcome applications from all sections of the community and we are
committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of background or

For full details including the online application form, please refer to


Professor Tom Duckett FRSA

School of Computer Science

University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool




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