Postdoc System design for active fluorescence observations from UAVs
Wageningen University Research

Postdoc System design for active fluorescence observations from UAVs

Netherlands 27 Feb 2021

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A post-doctoral researcher to design, construct, operate and evaluate an active laser-induced fluorescence system on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to detect and measure specific excitations as induced from in-situ sensors in the field. The context of the research is to contribute to innovative sensing solutions for sustainable environmental monitoring of topsoil and air above soil environments. This research should advance remote sensing principles of integrated fluorescent LiDAR technology (fLiDAR) to achieve fluorescence mapping of the 3D environment, detect and localize fluorescent ID tags and support the fluorescence read-out of the sensors.

We look for a highly qualified researcher with good capability of designing and constructing innovative LiDAR based sensing systems, evaluating the system in controlled and field situations and being able to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams. Experience with systematic design approaches, and mechatronics engineering for fluorescence and LiDAR systems as well as implementing these in a structured manner in a data-processing chain is essential.

The postdoc will participate in the EU-funded I-Seed project which seeks to develop a new generation of self-deployable, biodegradable, soft miniaturized robots endowed with fluorescence sensors which take inspiration from the morphology and dispersion abilities of plant seeds, to support in-situ monitoring of environmental parameters and extent existing sensor frameworks. The research will be conducted from the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing (GRS) at Wageningen University in close collaboration with an international multi-disciplinary research team (Germany, Italy, Cyprus) combining expertise from bio-inspired robotics, material science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and remote sensing.

You will work in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have a top ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture , as well as very strong rankings in other fields!

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