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Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Intelligent Systems x 4

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £35,333 per annum
Please note these roles are fixed term until 31 March 2024, and full time at 1.0 FTE.
Closing Date:   Monday 22 August 2022
Interview Date:   Wednesday 07 September 2022
Reference:  COS906

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint 4 Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRA) in areas that fall under the banner of Intelligent Systems, which includes Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Human-Robot Teaming, Multi-Robot Systems and Multi-Agent-Based Simulation. These posts sit within the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT), an interdisciplinary research centre in the university's College of Science, and the posts are linked with the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). These are technical posts, and it is expected that the candidates will have a strong academic computer science or engineering background in any of the following areas: robotics and autonomous systems, autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, agent-based simulation and/or artificial intelligence. Experience with physical robot systems, simulators and/or data science is a plus.

Applicants should hold a PhD or be near to completion and must be able to demonstrate an excellent track record in Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Autonomous Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, Agent-based Simulation and/or Multi-Agent-based Simulation. Candidates are expected to have strong mathematical and programming skills (e.g. Python, C/C++, Java) and be able to work on group software projects using modern tools and environments (e.g. github, docker, Ubuntu). Specific interest in sustainable agri-food production is desirable, but experience in this domain is not required.

The University of Lincoln is a leading centre in the UK for research into agri-food technology, particularly the application of AI and robotics to all areas of food production. Members of the College of Science participate in many collaborative research projects, funded by the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Horizon 2020. The University leads the £6.9m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics, with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, and runs the world’s first global centre of excellence in agricultural robotics, Lincoln Agri-Robotics, funded in 2019 with a £6.3m award from the UK Government’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Fund. University facilities include an experimental farm and food factory, dedicated robotics research labs, and a fleet of state-of-the-art agricultural robots. The posts will be based in LIAT at the Riseholme campus, about 5 miles from the Lincoln city centre.

For informal enquiries about the posts, please email: Prof Elizabeth Sklar (

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