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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: School of Plant & Environmental Sci
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The selected candidate will conduct research on robotics and autonomous systems, AI (including machine/deep learning), IoT systems, and machinery systems/management to improve farmworkers’ efficiency in fruit crops production and implement smart farming. The postdoc will support engineering research (including design, fabrication, test and verification of prototype systems), data collection and analytics, and manuscript development. The primary responsibilities are developing AI-driven automated and robotic systems for agricultural applications; designing and implementing research experiments; and assisting other projects in the group to produce research results and develop manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Agricultural, Electrical, Computer, Mechanical Engineering or a related area awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining; Previous experience and publications in the area of autonomous systems, mechatronics, machine learning (including deep learning capabilities), and IoT and embedded systems

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and skills in computer programming/platforms (e.g., Python, Matlab, C++, computer vision, or ROS); and CAD modeling and fabrication experience; Excellent communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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