Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Robotics and Data Science – FIXED TERM
Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
Salary: From £33,797 per annum
This is a full time post of 1 FTE until 13th February 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 18 February 2021
Interview Date: Tuesday 09 March 2021
This post is subject to confirmation of funding.
The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to support investigators in developing and assembling materials to support a new initiative, recently funded by UKRI/BBSRC, to provide Data Science training in the biosciences. The initiative is designed to upskill bioscience researchers in AI, data management and analytics tools, technologies and techniques. Specifically, the initiative is targeting such training at researchers working in the field of plant phenotyping, covering data analysis, capture and management. In this respect, the post is rather different from a research-led post-doctoral role, and the applicant should be motivated by a keen interest in teaching complex data-centric topics to scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience.
The post holder will join a team developing content for a series of learning units, with this role particularly focussed on Robotics and Data Science. Each topic has a lead academic, and the post holder will support their development, and in some cases, assist with delivery of the material. The post holder will be expected to support topics such as Python programming, introduction to robotics, and data handling and management. The post holder will not need to be an expert in all these fields, but should be able to work with the topic lead (who is an expert) and be able to find and adapt material to support the learning units.
The project is a collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the University of Lincoln, with 5 investigators in Nottingham and 3 in Lincoln. This post is based in Lincoln, within the Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR) research centre at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) on the Riseholme farm campus. There is a complementary PDRA position based at Nottingham, particularly focussed on plant phenomics and machine learning. The project is led by Dr Andrew French (Nottingham) and Prof Elizabeth Sklar (Lincoln).