Research Fellow in Interactive Graphics Ref 0537

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics, Department of Informatics
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: fixed term for 18 months 
Reference: 0537 
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 10 December 2018
Closing date: 31 January 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 13 February 2019.
Expected start date: 1 April 2019.


Job description

We are looking for a Research Fellow (post-doctoral researcher) to join the Interact lab at the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, to assist in the development of novel interactions using manipulation of electro acoustic waves.

This is an FET Open project with e University of Glasgow, Chalmers University, Bayreuth University and Ultrahaptics.

The primary goal of this project is to apply the principles of wavefront manipulation and metamaterials to explore a combination of acoustic levitation, mid-air haptics and parametric audio to create dynamic 3D physical shapes made of large collections of lightweight levitating objects that support haptic feedback and directional audio. This will also allow us to explore its potential for human computer interaction and the creation of novel user experiences.

The Interact Lab is at the forefront of this research and has already published several articles on this topic. Some example videos highlighting our research can be seen at

-       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVxRyvipcU

And

-       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-wAGqZ_Qcg

Within this project, the Research Fellow will be expected to

  1. Use various techniques (i.e. linear algebra, GPU programming, computer vision/computer graphics) to control devices to create new user experiences that are based on wavefront manipulation
  2. Develop and implement the principles of how to create haptics, directional audio and/or levitation systems based on the sculpting of different electro-acoustic fields.
  3. Identify interaction design principles and visualisation techniques that can support users in their interactions with this new technology.

The position will involve a variety of tasks such as the design and implementation of algorithms for levitation, and/or pair-wise combinations of levitation, haptics and directional audio; 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.

Download the full job description and person specification Ref 0537 [PDF 120.77KB]


How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to enginfrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

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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