The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE - http://www.abe.ufl.edu ) and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC- http://www.imok.ufl.edu) is looking for a motivated individual to join its team as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis.. The selected candidate will work in the area of UAVs, mechatronics, machine vision, robotics and precision farming technologies. Primary responsibilities include designing and implementing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, preparing research results for publication, presenting at national meetings, and assisting the PI in the preparation of grant proposals. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be available for an interview (for questions contact Dr. Ampatzidis at email@example.com).
The faculty member in this positon will develop successful and nationally recognized research and extension programs in precision agriculture with focus on citrus, fresh-market vegetables (e.g. tomato, pepper) other future crops, and natural systems. Desired research interests may include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for agriculture and natural systems, smart sensor design computer vision, robotic automation, remote sensing, GIS, wireless sensor network, and big data application. For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 31, 2016.
The position begins in August 2016 and is supported by a federal grant from USDA-NIFA. The goal of the project is to determine the effect of subsurface preferential flow on the removal efficiency of surface runoff nutrients by vegetation buffers placed along the margins of streams and other water bodies.