Research Fellow in Interactive Computer Graphics

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics/Department of Engineering
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 24 months 
Reference:  2038
Salary: starting at £32,004 and rising to £38,183 per annum
Closing date: 15 June 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 August 2017 or soon after

Job description

An exciting new position has become available to join the newly formed Interact lab at the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, to assist in the development of novel interactions using acoustic levitation systems.

This is a joint project with Prof. Bruce Drinkwater from the University of Bristol and has been funded by EPSRC. The project team comprises of this research fellow in Sussex, a research fellow at Bristol, an artist-in-residence, a project technician and Carbon Visuals (a data-physicalisation company).

The primary goal of this project is to apply the principles of acoustic levitation to create dynamic 3D physical shapes made of large collections of lightweight levitating objects, exploring its potential for human computer interaction and the creation of novel user experiences.

We will create the novel technology to generate multi-object physical levitation, identify user-interaction principles and create multiple system demonstrators. We will explore and demonstrate the potential of our techniques through an “artist-in-residence” scheme, where an artist will create interactive public demonstrations of our project results and prototypes. To this end, it is important that the Research Fellow is able to collaborate and coordinate his/her research activities with the artist.

The Research Fellow from Sussex will be expected to:

1. Identify computational approaches to the levitation of interconnected objects that are assembled from smaller objects (and vice versa).
2. Identify design principles and techniques that can support users in their interactions with this new technology.

The position will involve a variety of tasks: design and construction of light-weight objects that could be levitated, implementing acoustic algorithms, implement interaction techniques, conduct user-studies to identify interaction principles and publishing these results in scientific venues. The applicant will also be expected to help in the teaching of related units.

The position would be suitable for someone with experience on technical aspects of one or more of the following areas

a) Computer graphics (with some interest and experience in human-computer interaction and/or fabrication techniques).
b) human-computer interaction (i.e. audio processing, interactive graphics, 3D printing techniques and levitation),

Experience with computational fabrication techniques will be highly valued.

The research fellow will have considerable freedom in shaping the nature of the research project. So, we seek a highly organised and motivated individual able to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining excellent attention to detail and bring energy and enthusiasm a vibrant research group. Excellent written and communication skills are also essential.

The Interact Lab is internationally renowned for it research in creating novel interactive devices for enabling new forms of human-computer interaction (HCI). HCI is about applying human abilities to the design of tools, systems, and environments that are safe, effective and comfortable for use.

The lab consists of three permanent members of staff – Prof Subramanian, Dr.Martinez Plasencia and Dr Memoli. Alongside these staff members it currently hosts two post-doctoral researchers, 5 PhD students and several visiting researchers.

Employment will be subject to the right to work in the UK. You will work directly with Prof. Sriram Subramanian and Dr Memoli with a base in the Department of Informatics. You can find more information about the group at

For informal inquiries please contact Prof Subramanian, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK;

Download job description and person specification Ref 2038 [PDF 120.18KB]

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 162.50KB] fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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