Research Assistant/PhD Studentship in the role of focus cues in improving perceived realism in Stereoscopic 3D Imagery

Bangor University - School of Psychology

Applications are invited for a 36-month Early Stage Researcher position (including PhD studentship) in visual perception in novel stereoscopic 3d displays, supervised by Dr. Simon Watt.

The researcher will join an 11-member Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded Innovative Training Network, RealVision: Hyper-REAListic VISual Experience ( The network is focused on innovation in hyper-realistic imaging, encoding and display technologies. It comprises research groups across Europe specialising in Multimedia, Optics, Visual Communication, Visual Computing, Computer Graphics and Human Vision.

The post offers excellent cross-disciplinary research training opportunities (as well as a relatively high salary). PhD training will include secondments with partners, and working closely with Rafal Mantiuk’s lab at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge. The funding will also provide significant interaction with the network as a whole.

The researcher will contribute to the development and evaluation of novel display techniques, with the aim of making hyper-realistic digital imagery. The project will examine the importance of focus cues (retinal blur and the eye’s focusing response) to perceived realism, and will involve measurement of the eye’s focusing response, eye movements, and perception in 3d stereo imagery.

Environment: Simon Watt’s lab at the School of Psychology at Bangor offers unique facilities that combine novel stereo displays with measurement of oculomotor and upper-limb responses []. Bangor is situated in a beautiful region of North Wales close to Snowdonia National Park, which provides a wonderful backdrop to professional life.

Requirements: The researcher will have a good first degree and MSc (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline, such as Psychology, Vision Science, Neuroscience, or Computer Graphics (involving user studies). A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for research are essential.

Eligibility: Applicants can be of any nationality, but the funding requires they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years immediately before appointment.

The successful candidate will be expected to start March to April, 2018.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Further information: Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Simon Watt for informal discussions (

Details of the consortium membership and wider project aims can be found at the project website:

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