Robotics, Sensors, and Manufacturing in Sustainable Agriculture
and Environmental Management
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
production to meet the growing global demand for food and fiber will come at a price in the form of degraded soil, water and other natural resources unless innovative ways are developed for improving the efficient use of resources. Precision agriculture is a key technology in optimizing the use of water, nutrients and pesticides at the field scale. However, implementation of sustainable agricultural practices and optimal environmental management on a watershed scale requires consideration of the properties and response of streams, lakes, wetlands and other off-agricultural field features. Innovative methods based on improved sensors and robotics technology are needed to collect necessary data at the relevant time and space scales, to understand the system, to reduce the chance of systematic errors in measurements, and to enable more effective control of agricultural inputs and improve the efficiency of production.
evapotranspiration, measurement of plant characteristics including location, species, canopy cover, and height, identification of areas with invasive species and noxious weeds, habitat assessment and distribution of woody debris in stream channels, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. The successful candidate will be expected to develop research in areas that supports Minnesota agriculture and natural resources. Collaborative research with various colleges, departments, and centers across the University including College of Food,
Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (i.e. Soil, Water, and Climate, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, and Animal Science) College of Biological Sciences (i.e. Ecology), the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), and the University of Minnesota Robotics Institute is highly encouraged.
• Ph.D. in an engineering or science discipline, with applications to environmental, agricultural, or biological systems
• Evidence of potential to develop a successful independent research program
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching
• Demonstrated effective written communication skills
• Research or industrial experience in aerial or terrestrial sensing or robotics with an interest in agricultural and/or environmental applications
• Demonstrated and relevant publication record or industrial experience
• Experience in effective teaching including active learning and course development
• Evidence of collaborative research
• Strong communication skills
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in an academic or professional setting and commitment to supporting the University’s goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity About the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (bbe.umn.edu) is an internationally renowned academic unit with the core mission of sustainable use of renewable agricultural and natural resources, and protection and enhancement of the environment.
Applications must be submitted online at humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job. Search for Job ID 334321.
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