Research Engineer - Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (103917)

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Research Engineer

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is searching to fill the position of Research Engineer. This is a full-time, 12-month, academic professional position.

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Departmental Description:

The ABE department at the University of Illinois includes 20 full-time faculty members involved in teaching, research and extension. It houses two academic programs, the Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the Technical Systems Management with undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in each. Faculty members have research activities in bioenvironmental engineering, biological engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, off-road equipment engineering, and soil and water resources engineering. Departmental extension programs include agricultural waste management, nutrient management planning, agricultural safety and health, soil and water resource engineering and chemical/pesticide application training. For more information see

Primary Function of Position:

Conduct research and develop various robotic and data collection equipment for agricultural phenotyping and autonomy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct Research:

  • Prototype Robotics platform for agricultural applications
  • Test and validate the robotic platforms for agricultural applications
  • Prepare mission (flight) plans for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for data collection over agricultural farms
  • Develop technology to aid autonomous navigation and data collection for ground and aerial robots
  • Improve development processes and advance scientific research

Evaluate and Coordinate Research Performance:
  • Develop and implement policies, standards, and procedures for the engineering and technical research that is performed
  • Coordinate activities of the research team with collaborators
  • Conduct various quality assurance tests and checks to verify the quality of completed projects
  • Manage materials (inventory) for projects

Organizational Chart:

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dean, College of ACES

Department Head, Dept of ABE

Faculty, Dept of ABE

Research Engineer


Minimum education, and work experience (including years) to qualify for the position:
  • MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/Robotics Engineering
  • One year experience working in a multi-disciplinary team. Two years experience in field robotics laboratory equipment management

Minimum Training, Licenses or Certifications for the position:
  • FAA Part 107 license
  • Broad familiarity with aerial and ground robots, data-links, adaptive control, autopilots, Stablis system, flight simulators, TerraSentia robot system
  • Experience with robotics platforms

Proposed Starting Date:

December 1st, 2018


Commensurate with education and/or experience.


To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 20, 2018. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application/interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, fax, email) in one document, by close of business on November 20, 2018. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.

For further information, contact the search coordinator, Ronda Sullivan, via email, [email protected]

The university conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Category: 6-Research
Title: Research Engineer - Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (103917)
Open Date: 11/06/2018
Close Date: 11/20/2018
Organization Name: Agricultural and Biological Engr





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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 11/22/2018
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