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Demonstrator in Computer Animation (Fixed-Term)

Bournemouth University

Location: Bournemouth
Salary: £26,341 to £30,497 per annum with further progression opportunities to £33,309
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021
Job Ref: FMC254

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community. 

The Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University is one of the largest of its kind in the world and has a global reputation for combining research and teaching practice.  The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) is the leading centre for teaching production and research in computer animation and digital effects. In 2011 BU was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for the NCCA's 'World Class' teaching.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Demonstrator in computer animation to join a dynamic and highly qualified team. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, a real interest in teaching and learning as well as a thorough knowledge of software tools and practices of computer animation and VFX production.

Key to the role is a clear understanding of the principal tools and workflows used in computer animation and VFX production, in particular SideFX Houdini (essential), Autodesk Maya, Pixelogic Zbrush, Adobe Photoshop, Foundry Nuke and Unreal Engine. Applicants should demonstrate a generalist level proficiency in a number of areas of the pipeline, which may include modelling, rigging, texturing, lighting, look development, compositing, effects and animation. Knowledge of rendering software would be beneficial, in particular, Vray, Renderman, Arnold and/or Mantra. Experience of Python Scripting, OpenGL and C or C++ programming would be helpful but not essential for this post. Demonstrable knowledge of preproduction principles and practice, such as design and cinematography, would also be beneficial.

This position is available on a fixed-term basis until 19 September 2022.

For further information and discussion or the opportunity for an informal visit, please contact Dr Richard Southern, Head of Department – Computer Animation by email at

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form.  Alternatively please email the HR Services Team at quoting the appropriate reference (FMC254)

BU values and is committed to an inclusive working environment.  We seek a diverse community through attracting, developing and retaining staff from different backgrounds to contribute to inspirational learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.  To support and enable our staff to achieve a balance between work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Closing Date: (Midnight) Sunday 7 November 2021

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