Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
£43,414 - £51,805 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Lead Engineer (Intelligent Vehicles – Sensors, Computer vision and data reduction)
Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2025, 36.5 hours per week.
WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Engineer to join the Intelligent Vehicles Research Group, which is dedicated to the development of smart connected and autonomous vehicles (please note, this advert is for the Lead Engineer, if you are interested in the Assistant Professor (Research Focused), please apply using the relevant advert). The role is to contribute to a number of exciting research activities in the area of automotive perception sensors (e.g. camera, RADAR, LiDAR) and data compression.
The successful candidate will possess a good honours degree in a relevant discipline, along with a good understanding of technologies/experience in the field of Intelligent Vehicles, Sensors, computer vision, machine learning, and data compression. The successful candidate will also need experience in data analysis and interpretation, and excellent programming skills.
In return we will provide you with a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
Interview Date: TBC
You will be employed to work on our HVM CATAPULT project related to perception sensors and RADAR in particular, in collaboration with industry and academic partners.
PROJECT SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Aims: • Improve WMG framework to quantify the effects of sensor data compression techniques on the automotive systems – particularly to consider which parts of the data are more challenging for the perception system.
• Produce a hardware/software demonstrator of lightweight compression techniques.
• Produce a software demonstrator to evaluate the robustness of proposed methods to error propagation.
Objectives: • Analyse techniques to quantify pixel level changes and their impact on the perception step.
• Implement in real automotive products hardware and/or software a lightweight compression technique in combination with deep neural network detection.
• Analyse different techniques to generate errors in the data stream, and quantify the effect on the investigated compression techniques.
• Interact with key industrial and academic stakeholders.
• Support the wider activities of the Intelligent Vehicles – sensor group.
1. Conduct in depth research into automotive perception sensors, computer vision, video compression, and machine learning. This will involve comprehensive literature and internet searches as well as arranging meetings with senior management representatives and technical specialists from industry technology providers (suppliers to the industry), academic staff within WMG, and other university departments. Ensure that a detailed work programme exists to generate the research outcomes within the agreed time frame.
2. Develop novel and appropriate methodology to support current research activities of the Intelligent Vehicles- Sensors group (including: computer vision, video compression, perception techniques, machine learning, data pre- processing, fusion, etc.). This will require engagement with sector and subject matter specialists at all levels of employment to understand the current industry practice and latest international standards and legislative directives. Prepare detailed activity specifications, liaise with the university finance and purchasing departments and generate appropriate selection criteria in order to purchase any additional external or subcontract support, computer software or capital equipment necessary to deliver the project outputs.
3. Provide comprehensive direction and support to WMG and the partners on all aspects of the project. Deputise for the project manager at senior management meetings as required ensuring that appropriate input is given and outcomes are reported to the project manager and others within the research team in a timely manner.
4. To support the publication of research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets. To attend and present research and project findings at professional conferences and contribute to the external visibility and profile of the department.
5. Assist with the development and delivery of training materials to disseminate and embed knowledge within project partners.
6. Develop plans to ensure that the business outputs agreed with the funding bodies are achieved within the agreed timescales and reported on a regular basis.
7. Represent the university and WMG at national and international events and report outcomes to the Project Manager and others within the research group in a timely manner.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
A good honours degree in a relevant subject. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Significant experience in fields related to perception sensors, electronics, sensor modelling, robotics, computer vision, video compression, signal processing, including experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in ‘real world' environment. (a
Essential Criteria 3
A willingness to carry out experimental work. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 4
A good understanding of technologies/experience in sensing technologies, electronics, sensor modelling, computer vision, robotics, machine learning, signal processing, video compression. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to perform detailed data analysis and interpretation to present results and make recommendations via briefings, presentations or written reports. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 7
Experience of manufacturing processes engineering within a relevant industrial sector, including the ability to make recommendations for process improvements. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Experience in development and delivery of training material. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent project planning and reporting skills, with the ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to deliver rapid, commercially focused results. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 11
Good effective oral and written communication skills, presentation and training skills. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 12
Well-developed interpersonal skills capable of dealing with all levels of employment and providing effective solutions to complex situations. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 13
Ability to work within a diverse team of subject matter experts, to quickly adapt to new situations and business practices. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 14
A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 15
Skilful negotiator with the ability to influence and persuade when necessary. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
A significant level of relevant product development experience in an industrial context. (a, c, d)
Desirable Criteria 2
A doctorate level qualification in a relevant research area. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Professional membership of an appropriate professional institute. (a, c)
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For further information about the WMG department, please visit the departmental website.
For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website at WMG :: High Value Manufacturing Catapult (warwick.ac.uk)
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13 Feb 2023