Salary: £33,00 – £38,100
Location: Tiptree, Essex
CD: not specified
The University of Essex in partnership with Wilkin & Sons offers an exciting opportunity for a graduate with the relevant skills and knowledge to increase productivity by preventing contagious plant diseases such as powdery mildew and botrytis, increasing crop yields. Taking data from drone surveys, sensors and cameras using novel IoT approaches, a system will be developed to detect and predict disease outbreaks using spectral analysis, image processing and machine learning.
This post is fixed term for 24 months and is based at Wilkin & Sons offices in Tiptree.
DUTIES OF THE POST
The duties of the post will include:
– Establish an awareness of Wilkins and Sons’ working environment and gain an understanding of the problems which are to be addressed through the utilisation of wireless sensor network (WSN) and computer vision for crop disease detection.
– Research/implementation/testing/evaluation of an IoT prototype for capturing/transmission/fusion of image and sensors’ data.
– Application of novel IoT and image processing models and techniques to improve the performance of the prototype for crop monitoring.
– Working with the project team to design and build software to interact with the system.
– Publishing academic journal articles and drafting patent applications, where required.
– Preparing and presenting results of the research programme to both technical panel meetings and lay audiences.
– At all stages, ensure that skills brought to and developed by the project are transferred to Wilkins and Sons’ existing skills base by conducting training exercises. Advise on training policy and implementation as required.
– Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the University of Essex Head of Department or their nominee.
The post holder must have:
– BSc Hons: Computer Science/Engineering, Electronic/Telecommunication Engineering or related discipline
– MSc Computer Science/Engineering, Computer Vision or related discipline Electronic/Telecommunication Engineering, or equivalent experience
– High level knowledge and practical experience in sensing, communication and embedded systems programming
– Knowledge and previous experience in Computer vision, image processing and machine learning
– Ability to write technical reports/papers
As a KTP Associate, the post will offer the following benefits:
– A personal development budget of £4000 (exclusive of salary).
– Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KTP Adviser.
– An interesting and challenging role, with exposure to a variety of stakeholders.
– Full access to university resources to complete the project.
– World-leading Academic and Company project supervision, with project support by a dedicated, sector leading KTP Office.
For more information and to apply, please visit the university website.