Field Scientist/Agronomist

Small Robot Company

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Día de actualización: 14-02-2024

Ubicación: Salisbury South West

Categoría: Agricoltura / Silvicoltura / Pesca

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Tipo de empleo: Full-time, Permanent

Salario: £38,000 - £42,000 a year

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Field Scientist

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The company
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This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to drive the development of systems which will feed the world. We are a start-up company who are ramping up to deliver cutting edge technical and engineering solutions that will revolutionise the agri-tech industry.
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Based at our HQ at West Dean, Salisbury and at home, we have a forward thinking, modern and charismatic team who understand that work is a part of life and flexible working arrangements are key to success in a modern world.
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We are all hard working, dedicated and passionate about what we do and are looking for a new team member that can mirror the qualities outlined below. In return, we offer a fabulous working package with flexibility to work partially remotely at agreed hours to suit yourself.
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We also believe that diverse teams really are the best teams. We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. If you are excited about our company, the role and working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet, why not give it a whirl?
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Field Scientist
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The Small Robot Company is moving into large-scale application of our robotic sustainable farming service. As Field Scientist, you will be an in-house source of insights into the crops and plants growing in the areas that we work on, and will be closely involved with developing the capabilities of all our robots. The role involves both gathering on-the-ground insights as we perform surveys, and also researching and developing new capabilities for our field surveys, electric weeding service and beyond.
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As we survey crop fields throughout the growing season, you will accompany our surveying Tom robot on some field visits and perform parallel surveys of the field to build an understanding of the crops and weeds present, and the overall health of the field. Your insights from these surveys will come back to the lab to help validate and iteratively improve Tom’s survey results. Using your knowledge of crop plants and common field weeds, you will be responsible for providing feedback on the quality of the detections of individual plants performed by our Wilma AI systems, and annotating images taken by Tom to facilitate the training of new AI models to detect individual plants of many different species.
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As our robot’s capabilities develop, you will also work closely with our R&D teams to specify new capabilities for the robots, these will include creating systems that can provide insights about crop and field health from the per-plant imagery gathered by Tom and extending the capabilities of Dick, our per-plant action robot, to tackle challenging weed species in the field environment.

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Responsibilities
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As a Field Scientist, you’ll need to: *

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  • Accompany the robots on surveys and gather information about the field to validate and improve automated results
  • Work with R&D team to uncover and specify new opportunities for our robotic technologies
  • Perform research into exploitation of the technology in the field
  • Work closely within a multidisciplinary team, including developers, robotics engineers and data scientists to develop new capabilities for our robots to gather per-plant insights and perform per-plant actions, as well as aid in developing predictive models for weed growth, crop health and yield.
  • Help develop databases of crop and weed plants with data around their nutrient needs and growth under different conditions

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Skills
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We always support colleagues to develop their skills. But to be successful in this job you really do need to already be able to do most of these things…

  • Likely to have completed a Farm Management programme or have the equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Understanding and experience of arable farming
  • Experience with field surveys in a UK agricultural environment
  • Knowledge of common crop species and weeds and their growing environments
  • Experience with identification of crop and weed plants at different stages of growth
  • Experience with providing quantitative insights into crop plant development such as identification of shoot and tiller counts
  • Knowledge of performing and analysing soil surveys
  • Experience with identifying invasive grass species such as black grass
  • Passion for sustainable agriculture

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What we offer
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  • A future-oriented job in a quickly growing start-up
  • Mud and fresh air – you will never suffer from pollution here
  • As an early employee, you will be deeply involved in the success of the Company
  • An opportunity to influence the development of one of the most exciting companies in the UK
  • Eco-bragging rights and photo opportunities in major press publications!
  • A flexible working environment and hours designed to fit around motivated professionals. Tell us what you need, and we will bend over backwards to make it happen.

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The other bits & pieces
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  • Due to the volume of applications, we may only be able to respond to successful applicants.
  • This role is a permanent role starting as soon as possible and includes a 6-month probationary period.
  • Salary from £38,000 for a 40 hours / week

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Please send us your CV and a couple of paragraphs outlining your best moments from your career so far.
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Application deadline: 06/09/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £38,000.00-£42,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Bike to work scheme
  • Company events
  • Flexible schedule
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
We are adhering to the government guidelines and continue to support our team to keep everyone safe.

Work remotely:

  • Yes
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Plazo: 30-03-2024

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