Join L-CAS and LIAT as a Lecturer in Agri-Robotics

Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR) is the world’s first global centre of excellence in agricultural robotics, funded by UKRI’s Research England via a £6.3M Expanding Excellence in England (E3) grant. LAR is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (tenured) to join its growing team of academics. Applicants should hold a PhD, and should be able to demonstrate an excellent track record in the technical aspects of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems or a related field, such as (but not limited to): mutli-agent systems, explainable AI, field robotics, mobile autonomy, navigation, sensing and perception, fleet or swarm robotics, human-robot collaboration, AI for agriculture (e.g. yield mapping and prediction), machine vision for agriculture (e.g. phenotyping), cloud robotics, systems integration, etc.

LAR serves as a bridge to advance the foundation of research developed through successful collaborations between members of the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) and Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT). Joining LAR 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 population.

The post-holder will benefit from excellent facilities, equipment and ready-made links to an extensive network of industry partners across the agri-food chain. The postholder will be 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 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 Thorvald robots; advanced sensing, imaging and camera technologies; and excellent links to industrial facilities and test environments.

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