Researcher in Virtual Reality - ERC Advanced Grant, Event Lab, University of Barcelona

University of Barcelona

A new ERC Advanced Grant starts at the University of Barcelona in January 2018 for 5 years. The grant is awarded to Dr Mel Slater, Director of the Event Lab ( The Event Lab is internationally known in the field of virtual reality, and also addresses interdisciplinary problems in psychology and neuroscience using virtual reality. Please see publications on The project is concerned with the recreation of past events in virtual reality and the investigation of specific issues such as presence, embodiment, agency and perspective taking in the context of such scenarios. Particular emphasis is placed on Agent Based Models and also on auditory processing.

Applications are invited from individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Masters (or equivalent) that involved substantial work in computer graphics and/or virtual reality. The qualification must be in the domain of computer science or closely related such as electrical engineering. A PhD that involved substantial research in virtual reality would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must have extensive experience of computer programming (for example, C, C#, Objective C), and demonstrated expertise using systems such as Unity 3D and/or UnReal Engine, or equivalent.
  • Experience with Agent Based Models for the intelligent representation of crowd behaviour and crowd animation would be an advantage.
  • Experience with geometric and model capture from images and video would be an advantage.
  • Experience in the computation of auditory output and prior experience of this in virtual reality would be an advantage.
  • Appointees, especially postdoctoral, will have an excellent publication record in high level journals and peer reviewed international conferences.
  • It will be an advantage to show previous research experience of human experimental studies in virtual reality.
  • It will be an advantage to show a previous leadership role.

Applicants must be highly motivated towards research and publications, and demonstration of prior commitment to and success in publications will be an advantage.

The research will be conducted in English and all appointees will have excellent written and spoken English.

Applications should be sent by email to by no later than: 22nd January, 2018.

Emails that do not have the subject header as: “Motive Research Position” may not be considered. Applications should include a motivation letter and CV, and only PDF files will be accepted.

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