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Research Fellow (Microfluidics) (COS476)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the interdisciplinary Physical Ecology Lab, in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. The position forms part of a larger project entitled ‘Microscale Viscosity Gradients in the Oceans’ supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org). This project aims to characterise both viscous heterogeneity at the microscale and its ecological effects, and ultimately to formulate a new conceptual framework for the microbial oceanic landscape that includes viscosity.

A creative and motivated postdoctoral scientist, with experience with COMSOL Multiphysics and of microfluidic devices, you will be expected drive the experimental studies required to develop predictive models of the effects of small-scale viscosity gradients on microbial chemotaxis. Using both experimental and computational methods you will generate testable predictions and provide insight into effects of viscosity gradients on marine bacteriaKey methods will include Multiphysics modelling in COMSOL, design of microfluidic devices to generate viscosity gradients, and microscopy experiments tracking motile marine bacteria. The main project themes for this post will be to (i) model and generate viscosity gradients at the microscale in the lab, and (ii) examine the effect of viscosity on bacterial chemotaxis. For suitably qualified candidates there may be the opportunity to take part in diving-based field work in Hawaii, using In-Situ Chemotaxis Assay (ISCA) devices.

Contributing to implementation of the whole project, you will help write and publish high quality peer-reviewed scientific papers in addition to contributing to the development of research proposals and applications for external funding. You will contribute to the dissemination of the results to the scientific community through presentation at international conferences and workshops and will also be encouraged and supported to make your own applications for funding and take advantage of our Staff Development Programme.

The Physical Ecology Lab (www.physicalecologylab.org) offers a dynamic research environment where the successful applicant will be a member of a team working closely together and applying techniques from fields as diverse as phylogenetic analysis, microbiology, applied mathematics and biophysics. You will also contribute to the University's ambition to achieve international recognition as a research-intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research. Formed in 2012, the School of Life Sciences is central to the University’s strategy to build its STEM provision and research excellence in the sciences. The School is vibrant and supportive, with an emphasis on collegiality.

Informal enquiries to Professor Stuart Humphries (shumphries@lincoln.ac.uk)

Closing Date: 03 Jan 2018
Category: Research




Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economic Modelling for Salt-tolerant Agriculture (Fixed Term) (COS462A)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The University of Lincoln is a partner in an Interreg-funded project, SALFAR, which seeks to develop the market potential of salt-tolerant agriculture in the North Sea Region of Europe.  Lincoln School of Geography and the Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group are together leading a work package to carry out a baseline study assessing the economic risks of coastal flooding and soil salinization across the North Sea Region. We are therefore seeking a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to assess the economic risks related to future scenarios with increased coastal flooding and salinization, linked to climate change.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in economic modelling with the ability to develop models to assess economic responses to climate-related shocks including flooding at local and regional scales.  He/she should also have experience of using GIS data and/or remote sensing imagery.  The candidate will be expected to liaise with partners across Europe to build an economic dataset for the coastal regions of the North Sea Region.  Aligning this data with GIS data illustrating the extent of agricultural land that is at risk of flooding, based on different climate projections, the researcher will develop scenarios illustrating the direct costs to agriculture as well as the indirect costs to the wider agri-food economy in North Sea Region countries.

The project requires the application of economic modelling frameworks such as the computable general equilibrium (CGE) or CAPRI modelling system. The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of applied economic modelling at doctoral/post-doctoral level.  Where appropriate, specific training will be provided to enhance the skills of an exceptional candidate to meet the full requirements of the project.

The candidate will be encouraged to lead on academic publications from this study, to present findings at international conferences and workshops, to explore opportunities to extend the geographical reach of the analysis and to assist in the preparation of future grant proposals to extend this, and related, lines of research.

 

Closing Date: 03 Jan 2018
Category: Research




Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Human Detection and Tracking for Agrirobotics (Fixed Term) (COS475)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We are looking to recruit a Research Fellow with research profile in human detection and tracking to join our growing agri-robotics research team. We are developing autonomous fleets of robots for in-field transportation and logistics to aid and complement human fruit pickers. In particular, the RASberry project will consider strawberry production in polytunnels. Working solutions for autonomous in-field transportation will significantly decrease production costs and be the first step towards fully autonomous robotic systems for berry production. A dedicated mobile platform is being developed, together with software components for fleet management, in-field navigation and mapping, long-term operation, and safe human-robot collaboration in strawberry production facilities. RASberry is a collaboration between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and University of Lincoln. Under this project, more than 10 postdoctoral and PhD researchers form a team to develop robust cutting-edge scientific solutions to address the challenges of in-field logistics and collaboration between mobile robots and human workers. You will have access to state-of-the-art research farms equipped with industrial standard production facilities, as well as agricultural robots with advanced sensors and tools, including the world-leading Thorvald platform. Through the close collaboration with industry and academic partners, you will be embedded in an international consortium, with excellent opportunities to develop a strong individual research portfolio while being engaged in impactful and exciting research solving real-world problems. We are looking to recruit postdoctoral researchers with relevant experience and/or a keen interest in human detection and tracking, robot perception using thermal cameras, human-robot collaboration and shared autonomy and distributed systems. You will be placed at the centre of this exciting project, collaborating closely with other researchers, taking a leading role in the research, development, integration and orchestration of the overall system, with a focus on software development. Applicants should have or expect to soon obtain, a PhD in a relevant area. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS). This opportunity allows you to engage in international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions in the leading international conferences and journals. You will also contribute to the University's ambition to achieve international recognition as a research intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research in the above subject areas as well contribute to the wider activities of L-CAS. Evidence of authorship of research outputs of international standing is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills. Opportunities to mentor and co-supervise PhD students working in the project team will also be available to outstanding candidates. As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.     Closing Date: 03 Jan 2018 Category: Research [...]