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Post Doctoral Research Associate (Fruit Perception) - FIXED TERM

School of Computer Science

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £33,797 per annum
This is a full time post of 1 FTE and is fixed term for 14 months from start date
Closing Date:   Sunday 05 July 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 21 July 2020
Reference:  COS753

The University of Lincoln is seeking a high calibre candidate to appoint for Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRA) within Lincoln Centre for Autonomous System (L-CAS), the world's leading centre in agri-food robotics. This 14-months project aims to develop a fruit perception system for detecting ripe strawberries and estimating their weights. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the University’s ambition to achieve international recognition as a research-intensive institution and will be expected to deliver the strawberry detection and weight estimation system as well as design, conduct and manage original research in the above subject areas as well contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. Opportunities to teach and supervise postgraduate students, including our MSc programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, may also be available to outstanding candidates. 

We are looking to recruit a high calibre postdoctoral Research Associate with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas such as:

 * Robotic vision; 

 * Deep learning; 

 * Computer vision; 

 * Robotic grasping and manipulation;   

 * System integration, including ROS. 

The post holder may be required to help supervise the work of some junior researchers. Applicants should have (or expect to soon obtain) a PhD in a relevant area. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS). The post offers the opportunity to engage in national collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions in the leading international conferences and journals. This post will be fixed term for one year where the extension will be subject to securing further funding. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the University’s ambition to achieve international recognition as a research-intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research in the above subject areas as well contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. Opportunities to teach and supervise postgraduate students, including our MSc programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, will also be available to outstanding candidates. 

The post-holder will benefit from excellent facilities, equipment and ready-made links to our extensive network of industry partners across the agri-food chain and collaborative team working environment. 

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