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Autonomous Farm Operations and Systems Development Officer (Fixed term up to 12 months)

Engineering Department

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £21,814 to £23,754 per annum
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - up to 12 months
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 28 June 2021
Reference:  KT-482

The Hands Free Farm team based at Harper Adams University are looking for an Autonomous Farm Operations and Systems Development Officer to plan and conduct field operations.

The role will involve responsibility for preparation and monitoring of autonomous field operations as well as for monitoring field and crop conditions during the growing session. The role will also involve assisting the development engineers as they adapt agricultural machinery into autonomous systems.

The successful candidate will hold agricultural qualifications and have experience of mechanised agriculture. Some experience for mechanical maintenance and precision farming systems is also desirable. 

Most importantly is a proactive approach with a  readiness to work as part of a dynamic team in solving problems and overcoming challenges as they arise.

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If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Kit Franklin, Hands Free Farm project lead (HAU):


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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 



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