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Lincoln Agri-Robotics PhD Studentships

PhD Studentships in Agri-robot based High-throughput Phenotyping (HTP)

Applications are invited for fully-funded three-year PhD studentships (2 positions) within Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR), the world's first global centre of excellence in agricultural robotics, recently funded by UKRI's Research England. This exciting centre bridges and expands the strong collaborations that exist between two leading research groups at the University of Lincoln: the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) and the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). Using new and developing agri-robotic platforms and working alongside robotics researchers, students will work on crop science projects and contribute towards major challenges that face the global agri-food industry: high-throughput phenotyping, large-scale germplasm screening, big data management, precision agriculture, resource use efficiency and climate change.

Students will focus their research within the grand challenges prioritised by LAR in crop science primarily focusing on high throughput phenotyping (HTP), e.g. gathering HTP data using multiple novel and traditional sensors such as hyperspectral, multispectral, and thermal imaging, LiDAR, and chlorophyll fluorescence imaging. Students will optimise sensor systems integrated on agri-robotic platforms for HTP field phenotyping in wheat. This research will identify best approaches in data collection, processing and analysis for phenotyping data including point cloud matrices, 3D reconstruction, and extraction of traits of interest using suitable programming languages such as R, Python and/or MATLAB. Students will gain knowledge and experience in development and implementation of research projects, HTP using agri-robots, crop image analysis, programming skills, field and controlled crop studies, and evaluating systems with end users.

Our fully-funded studentship package includes:

  • All PhD tuition fees paid
  • A tax free stipend to cover living costs
  • A generous Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
  • Additional funding to support outreach and dissemination, attendance at summer schools, research events, and development projects.

Students can also benefit from:

  • The opportunity to develop their career, working alongside and in collaboration with academic and industry specialists of the future.
  • Internships, project work and engagement opportunities with world-leading companies who are interested in both research collaboration and future postdoctoral graduates.
  • LAR PhD students will have the opportunity to study alongside students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics (AgriFoRwArdS), led by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with universities of Cambridge and East Anglia.


If you are a dynamic, focussed graduate with a first or upper second-class honours degree, a Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience, then come and be part of the food production revolution. The application form can be accessed at the following link:

The current round of applications closes on 11 May 2020. Places are limited so early application is advised.

Apply by sending the following documents to the LAR team at [email protected]

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current CV
  • Transcript of your first degree
  • Transcript(s) of any previous degrees

For further enquiries, please contact the LAR team at [email protected]

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