Research Associate in Autonomous Drones

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position on communication and navigation for autonomous drones as part of the UKRI-NSF Signals in the Soil funded Wireless In-Situ Soil Sensing Network for Future Sustainable Agriculture project.

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01345
  • Date posted 5 August 2020
  • Closing date 4 October 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position on communication and navigation for autonomous drones as part of the UKRI-NSF Signals in the Soil funded Wireless In-Situ Soil Sensing Network for Future Sustainable Agriculture project.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointed researcher will lead the design of communication and localisation strategies for autonomous vehicles to wirelessly recharge and collect data from field devices with application to precision irrigation and agriculture.
This involves:
• Contributing to the ongoing research and development of new methods (wireless interfaces and protocols) to communicate between unmanned aerial vehicles and static/terrestrial wireless sensor devices
• Developing localisation and control strategies to enable high-efficiency wireless power transfer
• Synthesis and integration of the above with on-board flight control software
• In-field experimental evaluation

Essential requirements

· PhD degree in electrical and electronic, computer, aeronautical or mechanical engineering, or a related area.
· Experience working with wireless and embedded systems
· Understanding of the research process
· Practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and refereed journals
· Experience of dealing with specific groups of people e.g. sponsors
· Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures

Further information

This is a full time post for 18 months


For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr David Boyle david.boyle@imperial.ac.uk


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*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477-£38,566 per annum

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