Research Assistant

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Computing

Research Assistant (salaried PhD student) on the DISTRO project
Edinburgh Napier University is offering a fully paid Research Assistant position for at least 7 months (paid by the EU) to a highly motivated and creative student to work on the EU-funded project "Distributed 3D Object Design" (DISTRO). An option to commence formal Ph.D. study enrolment is offered, with the provision of pending further funding. Apart from the research work itself, the student's participation in the project will involve tight collaboration with project partners and frequent visits to the involved labs, active participation at the annual network events, as well as training in complementary skills such as research management.

About the Project
DISTRO is an innovative training network (ITN) focused on the distributed capture, editing, and fabrication of objects - from real world to digital and back again. The project goal is to enable users to casually capture objects, which can then be easily shared on the Web, customised in simple ways, and physically replicated elsewhere. The research topics captured within the project include geometry and material capture, collaborative editing, rendering and physical fabrication.

University College London (UK) coordinates this exciting collaborative project, and the academic partners include some of the most renowned research institutions in Europe: ETH Zurich (CH), DFKI (DE), MPI Informatik (DE), Saarland University (DE), IST Austria (AT), Napier University (UK) and Charles University in Prague.  There are also numerous industry partners involved in the project: NVIDIA Research (US/FI), Gbanga (CH), Allegorithmic (FR) and Evolute (AT).

Each of the project partners contributes world-class competence in a particular area, and the core research contribution of Edinburgh Napier University is in the area of computer graphics, specifically augmented reality tracking and rendering with physical toys for interactive entertainment.

Who We Are Looking For
Candidates should hold a Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics and have a solid background in computer graphics.  Excellent and demonstrable programming skills in C++ and fluent communication skills (both written and verbal) in English are essential.

Pay is according to standardised EU rules for ITN grants and includes a living and mobility allowance. For applicants with a family, there is also an additional annual allowance.

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here.

Benefits We Offer

  • Salary: Grade 4: GBP 25,728 - GBP 30,688 per annum.
  • Further information about our benefits can be found here.


The following must be attached in a PDF file.

  1. A CV with list of publications and / or projects.
  2. Evidence, such as a scan of the diploma, of having obtained a degree that qualifies the applicant for Ph.D. enrolment.
  3. An official transcript of grades obtained during the applicants bachelor and masters studies.
  4. A personal statement (up to 2 pages) about the applicant's experience, interests and career goals.
  5. Names and contact information of two people who could write a letter of recommendation.

Additional Information

  • Application Closing Date: Wednesday 20 December 2017, 11.59pm.
  • For informal discussions about this position, please contact Dr Kenneth Mitchell,

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award.

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