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Reference : UMR5667-STEMAU-011
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Monday, January 11, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 March 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2,476 and 3,022 euros (brut) per month depending on experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
The job consists in improving the hardware of a robot for plant precision phenotyping (called "plant scanner"). Objectives have been set up by end-users (plant researchers) in terms of reliability and performance. Crucial performance criteria are notably acquisition speed and image quality. In the developer team, you will be in charge of proposing and designing hardware solutions that you will then implement, test and validate according to rigorous scientific procedures.
• Improving the hardware of the plant scanner prototype
• Maintenance of the robot and help/training for end-users (biologists)
• Assessment of the protype's performances according to the objectives
• Assessment of the quality and precision of images in collaboration with the developers working on downstream image analysis softwares
• Plant culture if needed (training provided)
• Exchanges with direct partners (Sony CSL, Inria)
• Collaboration with other partners to ensure the compatibility and technological transfers between the three prototypes of the project
• Report writing, participation in progress meetings of the ROMI Project
We are seeking a highly motivated engineer interested in research and development, allying innovative skills and scientific rigour.
The following technical competence are indispensable:
• basic electronics
• motors (stepper, brushless)
• 3D design and printing
• software development (C++, Python and git repository)
• usb and wifi connection.
The following general skills are also expected from candidates:
• working autonomously
• reporting regularly and spontaneously, in oral and written formats
• contributing to a global project and adapting a working plan to the evolving needs of the project
• design and apply rigorous scientific procedures
• working language english (mandatory) and french
This job is proposed in the context of the ROMI Project (Robotics for Microfarms) funded by the European H2020 program (SFS-05-2017).
Gathering partners from varied backgrounds*, this project aims to develop free, reliable and affordable robotic solutions to help plant culture and observation for micro-farms (market gardening) as well as small budget-limited plant research teams.
Three prototypes are now under active development: a small rover acting close to plants over culture beds, a cable-bot for global monitoring via aerial imaging and an indoor robot ("the plant scanner") performing precise imaging of plant architecture. This last device is mainly aimed for research use. The three prototypes are designed to share hardware and software components that make them compatible and evolve in parallel. Current efforts are focused to make their use reliable and efficient and to improve their performances.
Constraints and risks
Regular working sessions will be held in the partner laboratory of Sony CSL (Paris, 75005), at an approximate frequency of one week every four to six weeks. Housing, transport and living expenses will be covered or refunded.
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