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John Deere Product Engineer PhD-Constituent Sensing - 50814660 in Kaiserslautern, Germany

There are 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we’re all about at John Deere. And it’s why we’re investing in our people and our technology like never before in our 180-year history. Here the world’s brightest minds are tackling the world’s biggest challenges. With 74.000 employees worldwide, we achieve a total net sales and revenues of more than 37 billion USD.

The European Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) of John Deere is part of a global R&D network in Kaiserslautern. Its focus is on the research on and development of future trends and technologies in the area of mobile agricultural and construction machines in close collaboration with diverse research institutes.

The John Deere ETIC in Kaiserslautern, Germany is offering as soon as possible a

PhD position „Determination of the quality of agricultural goods with near infrared technology and Deep-Learning approaches“


In this position, you will work on the future of agricultural technology. You will develop sensor solutions, which will be deployed in highly automated agricultural machines for precise farming. Already at an early stage, you will take over responsibility in a cooperation with internal and external partners and research institutes and will contribute significantly to the success of the project.

The assigned tasks will give you the opportunity to perform your PhD on the job. You will be given the opportunity to adapt the focus and the depth of your studies to your interests and the subject area of your university studies.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Build a solid understanding of constituent sensing in agricultural applications

  • Play a lead role in coordinating an international development project

  • Analyze constituent sensor data and develop calibrations for constituent sensors based on deep learning approaches

  • Define and support test measurement runs on prototype and production sensors

  • Report project progress to the development team on a regularly basis

What Skills You Need:

  • Above average graduate of computer science, electrical engineering, applied physics or comparable area

  • Experience with machine learning

  • Experience with programming and data analysis, preferably with R

  • Willingness to do scientific work

  • Openness and interest in agricultural technology

  • Good command of English both written and spoken – German is a benefit

  • Solid communication skills

  • Strong ability to work well in teams

  • Willingness to travel to a limited extent

You can look forward to:

  • an attractive compensation package and bonus program

  • a competitive company pension as well as a wide range of further benefits

  • flexible worktime solutions to facilitate an easier combination of family and career

  • multiple development and learning opportunities within a global player

  • flat hierarchies and an appreciative and respectful social interaction

Temporary contract for three years and an employment percentage of 75% (26,25h/week)

We look forward to your online-application via our application portal!

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