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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Fellow in Robot Fruit Picking, Stelram + University of Lincoln

Gerhard Neumann-3
*Research Fellow in Robot Fruit Picking*

Stelram Engineering Ltd - Wakefield
£32,000 - £32,004 a year - Temporary

*Job Summary*

Researcher in Robotics

Location: Wakefield

Salary: From £32,004 per annum

*This post is fixed term for 15 months.*

Closing Date: 30th November 2017

Reference: Stelrob1

Stelram Engineering Ltd and the University of Lincoln are seeking to
appoint a skilled robotics graduate. The successful candidate will be
employed as part of food orientated robotics project, which will develop an
automated robotic picking system for crops. It addresses a key threat to
the long-term future of the UK food processing/farming industry arising
from reduced labour availability due to likely limits on immigrant labour
arising from Brexit and increased cost. Picking labour currently accounts
for ca. 1/3 of the production costs and could all be removed through
robotic harvesting. Previous work, across global centres, has hitherto
failed to develop a fully robotic harvester.

The project is collaboration between Stelram Engineering and the University
of Lincoln. The post will be located at Stelram with close collaboration
with the University of Lincoln (regular visits).

We are looking to recruit a Researcher specialised in research and software
development in at least one of the following fields:

   - Real-time robot control systems
   - Motion planning
   - Robot grasping
   - Machine learning for robotics (Reinforcement Learning, Imitation

Primary tasks of the successful candidates include (not exclusively):

   - Control of the robot arm and a soft robotic gripper
   - Development of novel targeting and motion control algorithms
   - Grasp point detection and grasp planning
   - Precise force control for picking the crop
   - Application of machine learning methods for data-driven improvement of
   the picking strategies.
   - Participate in the development of a robotic harvesting prototype

Applicants should preferably have a MSc in a relevant area. You must have
excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS). The position
offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration within an
ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art computer vision, robotic
hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and
disseminate original research contributions in the leading international
conferences and journals. Opportunities to mentor and co-supervise students
working in the project team will also be available to outstanding

*Qualifications and Skills*

Applicants should preferably have M.Sc or B.Sc in a relevant area.

Job Type: Temporary

Salary: £32,000.00 to £32,004.00 /year

Required education:

   - Bachelor's

Please apply at:


Prof. Gerhard Neumann
Chair of Computational Learning for Autonomous Systems
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS

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*The University of Lincoln, located in the heart of the city of Lincoln,
has established an international reputation based on high student
satisfaction, excellent graduate employment and world-class research.*

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