[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Professor / Associate Professor in Robotics

Tom Duckett tom.d.duckett at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 10:00:32 PDT 2019

[jobs] Professor / Associate Professor in RoboticsLincoln Agri-Robotics is
recruiting!!Location:  Riseholme campus, University of Lincoln, UK
Closing Date:   Sunday 21 July 2019
Reference:  AGRI19

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint three Professor/Reader
(Associate Professor) positions within Lincoln Agri-Robotics.

These posts will 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 up to 20
supporting academic and technical posts.

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:

   - Field robotics:
      - mobile autonomy, navigation
      - soft robotics, manipulation and grasping
      - sensing and perception
      - fleet and swarm robotics
      - human-robot collaboration
      - systems integration
   - AI for agriculture, e.g. yield prediction and mapping
   - Machine vision for agriculture, e.g. phenotyping
   - Wireless sensor networks, cloud robotics, etc.

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 by deploying robotics to the global challenges
facing crop-based agriculture, such as climate change, population growth,
political pressures affecting migration, and the demographics of an ageing

You will play a key role in building the University’s international
research reputation in agri-robotics, securing funding, leading your own
team of researchers, and publishing world class research.

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 Reader
(equivalent to 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-holders 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), together 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 Thorwald robots;
advanced sensing, imaging and camera technologies; and excellent links to
industrial facilities and test environments.

For more information, including how to apply, see:

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).

Reader salary range: £50,132 to £58,089 per annum

Professor salary: Senior Management Group

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on the 4th and 5th September


Professor Tom Duckett FRSA

School of Computer Science

University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool




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