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University Academic Fellow in Immersive Technologies

University of Leeds - School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Location: Leeds
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum (Grade 8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th January 2019
Closes: 10th March 2019
Job Ref: MHFW1042

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in computational approaches to human learning? Do you want to further your career in a World-Leading research group and a research-intensive Russell Group University?

With a vision and drive to contribute to a World-Leading research portfolio, as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching, you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds.

The last five years has seen a rapid advancement in the development of immersive technologies. Augmented and Virtual Reality displays are presenting fundamentally new ways for users to process and interact with information, and these technologies have the potential to transform the ways in which we live, work and play by recreating and enhancing our interactions with the real world. However, large-scale adoption of these technologies creates considerable implementation challenges that require human-centred research - specifically, investigations into the processes underlying how humans learn (including work on the development of human-like computing systems).

The Centre for Immersive Technologies (CfIT) at the University of Leeds is providing a platform for our researchers to connect with national and global partners from the public and private sectors. CfIT is allowing our academics to overcome barriers to Immersive Technologies adoption, and stimulate economic growth and create societal benefit by placing humans at the heart of this new technological revolution. We are looking for a future research leader with the capability, inventiveness and initiative to develop their career in driving this activity to the highest possible level.

Whilst your research interests may fall out with our existing areas of research excellence, it is likely that they will complement one or more of these three challenge areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing - the use of immersive technologies for applications in healthcare delivery, surgical training and rehabilitation;
  • Human-Centred Design - human-computer interactions with engineered systems (e.g. robots and autonomous vehicles) ;
  • Accelerating Education - understanding and optimising the effectiveness of VR/AR training for skill transfer across multiple domains.

As a University Academic Fellow, you will be able to take advantage of the University’s unique capabilities and infrastructure in immersive technologies - including but not restricted to the Centre’s state-of-art Immersive Labs (housing >£2m immersive technologies including large virtual display technologies and a 6m wide omnidirectional motorised treadmill combined with optical tracking technology) and state-of-the-art driving and traffic simulators, including the Highly Immersive Kinematic Experimental Research lab - the world’s largest 4K resolution ‘CAVE-based’ simulation environment. 

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion of a five year development plan, leading to appointment to a grade 9 Associate Professor, with the potential for accelerated progression.

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