[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD position in: Soft Robotic Harvester for Autonomous Intercropping System

ALI LEYLAVI ali.leilavi02 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 14:27:44 PDT 2020

PhD position in: *Intelligent monitoring and universal robotic harvester
for Autonomous intercropping system*

We are seeking for a curious researcher who’s passionate to work on novel *soft
robotic technologies* and apply them to agricultural tasks.

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is coordinating an international
program AGD: Agricultural Green Development. Together with together with
China Agricultural University (CAU), we aim to design and develop an
autonomous robotic intercropping system.

You will be employed at the Farm Technology (FTE)[1] <#_ftn1> group at
Wageningen University and Research.  FTE has a long history in developing
greenhouse robotics. You will work together with an experienced team of
researchers in the area of Mechanical engineering, Robotics and Artificial

*Scope:* A selective harvesting robot in an intercropping field needs to be
versatile in order to deal with the vast variety of appearance, geometrical
and mechanical properties of plants and their produce. Moreover, the robot
should not damage the crops and their delicate produce, thus should be safe
in interaction with the environment. To this end, novel soft robotic
gripping and harvesting solutions will be developed in this project. The
soft nature allows the robots to adapt to their surroundings and to perform
different tasks safely.

*Methodology:* The research involves mathematical modelling, Finite Element
Analysis, CAD design and fabrication techniques to design and build the
soft actuators. Furthermore, Soft sensors will be embedded and novel
control paradigms will be developed to control the soft tools. The robot
will be experimentally validated in field experiments.


We are looking for candidates, who have

·       *Chinese nationality;*

·       An MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics, or
similar fields.

·       Completed their MSc education in English, or meet both WU’s and
CSC’s requirements with regard to English proficiency:

·       https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.csc.edu.cn/article/1473__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!46YIBKvMSZm88kFH-PTvSOuQb6vnRibFchs4pzb3EJIRO4sNAl_PinYzMcu5CB8IGM3j92qq$ 

·       The appropriate background, skills and competencies as listed per
project in appendix 1.

*Required background of the PhD candidate*: We are looking for a PhD
students with expertise in Control and Mechatronics and with interest in
soft robotics are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students
with strong background in mechanic/mechatronic engineering, robotic system
design and experimentation, control systems, CAD design.

*Essential skills and competencies*

In addition, good communication skills (written and oral) are essential.

For more information please contact Ali Leylavi Shoushtari via Email:
ali.leylavishoushtari at wur.nl

*Please submit all the documents required by the deadline of March 31th,
2020 to: *

*agd-csc at cau.edu.cn <agd-csc at cau.edu.cn> with the email title “name_1+3”.
Please indicate the name of the project (*Intelligent monitoring and
universal robotic harvester for Autonomous intercropping system*).*

Best regards

Ali Leylavi Shoushtari | PhD

Computer Vision and Robotics Division

Farm Technology Group

Plant Sciences Departments

Wageningen University & Research

*Tel.: +31638298746*

*Skype: **ali.leylavishoushtari at wur.nl* <ali.leylavishoushtari at wur.nl>

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