The University of Essex in partnership with JEPCO offers an exciting opportunity to a graduate with the relevant skills and knowledge to work on an exiting project ‘SCARLETT’ funded by the competitive Farming Innovation Pathways Program of Innovate UK.
SCARLETT (‘Scalable and resource efficient indoor Robotic harvesting of Lettuce’) is an ambitious project that transforms how crop is grown in the farm' with 'structure, scalability', simplifying the harvesting workflow into small, well-defined tasks where robots can be deployed to perform 'repetitive, laborious' jobs with high efficiency. The bidirectional innovation envisaged by SCARLETT on one hand alleviates the 'hard problems' in deploying robots (in a harsh unstructured settings) to be commercially viable and at the same time enables robotic automation to significantly scale up production with resource efficiency. The Research officer will work on the country’s only deep water pool system for indoor salad crop/ Lettuce harvesting, with state of the robot technology, a cross disciplinary team or robotics researchers, plant biologists and leading producers of salad crops in the UK.
DUTIES OF THE POST
The duties of the post will include:
The post holder must have:
This post is based primarily between the University of Essex and JEPCO’s 1.4Ha indoor harvesting facility producing 1.95 Million plants annually (which is just 10 min drive from the University campus).
University of Essex Robotics Lab:
University of Essex Colchester Campus,
Jepco Glebe Ltd
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