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Research Associate in Visual Computing (MyWorld Project) fixed-term role

Job title Research Associate in Visual Computing (MyWorld Project) fixed-term role

Department Computer Science

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Tuesday 14 June 2022

Closing date Tuesday 28 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9540

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As part of the wider MyWorld Project the Department of Computer Science are looking for highly motivated individual to work on 4D capture from visual information to form the next generation of technologies for the creative industries including virtual production.

This work will include a range of approaches from model-based tracking to data driven volumetric/point cloud information – our goals are to ensure high fidelity (ie. cinematic quality) and control (eg. artistic direction) in the process to create new technologies for the creative industries including applications in film, TV, games and immersive AR/VR experiences.

Broadcasters, film-makers and streaming organisations are commissioning content with increasingly challenging acquisition specifications that extend realities into new hybrid spaces merging the real and the virtual. They demand content capture of faster, smaller, more colourful, darker and generally more immersive spaces.

This position plays a role in the wider research goals:

  • of tackling complex problems in motion and volumetric capture,
  • in the creation of digital humans,
  • in virtual production (particularly through the development of new technology making use of AI and data to drive mobile platforms – enhanced workflows for the most challenging human and natural acquisition environments).

In addition, we will hide the technology behind interfaces that allow for creative users to control, assess and direct the process interactively.

This position will form part of a team of researchers (across the Universities of Bath and Bristol) dedicated to creating the next generation of capture technologies for the creative industries.

Your research tasks will involve:

  • the creation of new hardware,
  • capturing new datasets, and
  • creating new machine learning models and algorithms to solve real-world tasks.

In addition to writing papers about the novel research, you will produce showcase demonstrations of the new technologies in action. As well as working within the team, you will collaborate with a number of industrial and academic creative partners (including Academy awarding winning VFX studios) to ensure that the solutions developed are both relevant/appropriate as well as to ensure that they will be adopted in the real-world.

This post will be associated with the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) at the University of Bath that has a world-class production standard motion-capture studio, including a range of body and facial capture systems and multi-camera arrays. This is currently being expanded to include a full virtual production suite.

For further details about the role please contact Dr Neill Campbell (n.campbell@bath.ac.uk) however, please submit your application via the University website.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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