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