Research Assistant in Autonomous Drone Detection (Fixed Term)

University of Lincoln - College of Science – School of Computer Science

The University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant. The successful candidate will be employed as a Research Assistant on the project SKYPERION - Autonomous Drone Detection, which will develop a novel drone / UAV detection system. The number of reported incidents of Drones flying in restricted airspaces is on the increase, with Airports such as Heathrow quoting the cost of £1m/hour to close their airspace. Thus, causing huge loss of time and profits to these industries.

This project is a collaboration between the University's School of Computer Science and School of Engineering and METIS Aerospace, a leading UAV Services and Sensing company. The project addresses the need to develop an intelligent solution to the analysis and identification of UAV / Drone signals for location and identification. Combining METIS Aerospace's current SKYPERION UAV Detection systems with Machine Learning technologies will allow for intelligent alerts and patterns in the data to be identified.

We are looking to recruit a Research Assistant specialising in the following:

  1. An understanding of Machine Learning technologies, e.g. TensorFlow
  2. Good programming skills, e.g. C/C++, Python
  3. Knowledge of signals processing

Applicants should have, a BSc or BEng in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline. You will have excellent programming, and mathematical skills, and knowledge and experience of Artificial Intelligence and / or Machine Learning technologies. Ideal candidates will have experience of Drone operation, but full training will be given. This post offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work collaboratively as part of a team between two university schools, Computer Science and Engineering and a leading industry expert in METIS Aerospace. You will be working with the latest Drone technologies, sensors and software frameworks.

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Dr John Murray (email:

For further information or to apply online please visit our website at

As a member of the Athena SWAN Charter we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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