Engineer (Automation & Robotic Development) (107377-0224)

University of Warwick Campus, Coventry
Fixed Term, Full Time
Fixed term until 31 March 2025.
£29,605 to £32,982 per annum

An exciting opportunity exists to join the world renowned University of Warwick, to work on highly innovative AgriTech projects.  Current projects include a Smart Tree Production System (STPS) and Autonomous Smart Spot-Precision Application of Herbicide (ASPA) solution. Both projects are funded by the Forestry Commission’s Tree Production Innovation Fund (TPIF).

The STPS project aims to develop a comprehensive production system to enhance efficiency and resilience to labour shortages, with improved quality and data traceability of bare root seedlings. STPS will achieve better equipped nurseries, addressing the need for higher productivity and increased automation in the sector. The project includes automated production techniques, machine design, Computer vision system (CVS) and data collection.

The ASPA project will develop and demonstrate an autonomous weed control AI-based robot for smart spot-precision application of herbicide to reduce reliance on synthetic chemicals by 90%+. ASPA will allow the sector to expand with confidence to hit Government targets, enhance quality, improve sustainable practice, and offer cost-effective technology. ASPA includes two open-source AI models (weed detection and dosage - based on weed species, environmental variables, and herbicide), computer vision, and robotic spot application on a semi-autonomous platform.

The ideal candidate will have a background in developing electrical and mechanical models, diagrams and solutions for automation systems, and good competency in using computing programming language(s).

Candidate must possess a Bachelor or professional degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

AgriTech at the University of Warwick offers highly innovative and meaningful project work in a multi-disciplinary team with University departments and industrial partners.

WMG is the largest department at the University of Warwick with over 800 staff, world renowned for providing innovative solutions to industry through its research, development and education programmes. Our industry focussed education portfolio includes nearly 3,000 students studying management, technology and applied engineering subjects, at postgraduate and undergraduate level. We have high expectations for our teaching and our courses are regularly ranked top in the UK and amongst the leading courses in their field in the world.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia.

For further information about WMG, please visit our website

For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website.

Further information about the Energy Innovation Centre can be found here.

We believe there should be no barriers to continuing education, and we strive to ensure that the future workforce has the skills they need to become the UK's upcoming engineers and inventors. 

Our unique approach to undergraduate education enables full-time students, Higher Apprentices, and full-time employees to gain an engineering degree. 

Our teaching staff deliver educational programmes not just at Warwick, but internationally, and the knowledge we can leverage from our research excellence enables our students to reach their highest possible standards. 

Full details of our range of undergraduate and Degree Apprenticeships can be found here.

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**. 

You'll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

To find out more about us visit our website.

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To apply please complete your essential personal details and attach a CV and cover letter by the closing date of Sunday 10 March 2024 at 11.55PM.

Please ensure your CV includes your most recent employment experience along with any additional relevant experience and education history.

Your cover letter should detail how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria for this post.   

The interviews will be held on: TBC

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 26 OR 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. 

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here. 

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

If you are considering relocating to the UK, read our Relocation Guide to find out more about what Warwick has to offer and what might be involved in the process.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment.  We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.  Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social, and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding. 

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpageshere. 

The University currently holds aRace Equality Charter Bronze Award, Athena Swan Sliver Awardand aDisability Smart Bronze Award. The University of Warwick is also one of the six founder institutions of theEUTOPIA European University Alliance. 

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This opportunity is closed to applications.