Lecturer in Crop Science

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Job Description

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint one Lecturer position within the new Lincoln Agri-Robotics centre. Applicants should hold a PhD or be near to completion, and should be able to demonstrate an excellent track record in Crop Science or a related field, such as (but not limited to): carbon measurement (using robotics / drones etc), systems modelling, data fusion and/or sensors/sensing.

Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR) 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 an impactful difference by deploying robotics to address the global challenges facing crop-based agriculture, such as climate change, population growth, political pressures affecting migration, and the demographics of an ageing population.

Once in post, you will develop your own research portfolio within the context of LAR, which includes acquiring external funding, supervising postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, publishing in the highest quality journals and conferences, contributing to real-world applications with positive impacts on the wider society and economy, and conducting, directing and supervising research in line with the targets set by the University. In addition, you will contribute to relevant teaching activities, such as the MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems and MSc Agri-Food Technology.

The post-holders will benefit from excellent facilities, equipment and ready-made links to our extensive network of industry partners across the 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 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.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact either Prof. Tom Duckett (Director of L-CAS, tduckett@lincoln.ac.uk), or Prof. Simon Pearson (Director of LIAT, spearson@lincoln.ac.uk), or Prof Elizabeth Sklar (Research Director of LAR, esklar@lincoln.ac.uk).

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